Opposition: Tymoshenko will be released from prison only after change of government

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Aug. 21, 2012, 5:53 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

First deputy leader of the Batkivschyna Party, Oleksandr Turchynov (R) and Front for Change Party leader Arseniy Yatseniuk

The leaders of the united opposition have said that it will be possible to fulfill a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights and release former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from prison only after a change of government in the country.

"Of course, we are confident that the case will be considered objectively in Europe. At the same time, political prisoners will not be released even under a judgment of the European court until this gang runs the country," the head of the central election headquarters of the united opposition, the first deputy leader of the Batkivschyna Party, Oleksandr Turchynov, said outside the building of the Higher Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases in Kyiv on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

"Therefore, it will be possible to release prisoners, release Tymoshenko and release Ukraine only by winning these elections," he said.

The No. 1 on the list of the united opposition, Front for Change Party leader Arseniy Yatseniuk, supported his colleague that the ECHR's judgment could be fulfilled only after the opposition comes to power.

"Of course, the truth cannot be got in the so-called Ukrainian courts. The truth can be got only in Europe. But this is not enough. It's necessary to have power to ensure that the ECHR's judgment is fulfilled," he said.

Yatseniuk called on supporters to do everything for the opposition's victory in the new elections.

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 21, 2012, 6:52 p.m.    

Barring major fraud conducted by the Party of Regions the Opposition are well on their way to achieving a majority in the Verkhovna Rada. Should this be the case, the release of political prisoners such as Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko must be coupled with other progressive legislation benefitting the vast majority of the people of Ukraine. Other controversial bills can be delayed for debate at a later date. In doing so Yanukovych will be hard pressed to veto legislation that requires his signature. Should he remain obstinate and decide not to cooperate with the VR he would face the wrath of the general public if he were to attempt to dismiss the Ukrainian Parliament. Interesting times lie ahead.

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gary yellando Aug. 21, 2012, 7:51 p.m.    

Sorry !! KHVYLIA........Yanko has it all tied up before any voting and the Ukraine people love the Mafia state they are in as they will vote for them again and again.....Lovley people but just want cheap gas.....can not look 5 years ahead......pity.....

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 21, 2012, 10:14 p.m.    

My dear Gary, please don't take this the wrong way, but I believe your pessimism is clouding your judgement. First of all, there is no basis in fact to assume that the people of Ukraine love the mafia. Second, the people of Ukraine are no different from anyone else in the world in their desire to improve their lot in life. Where things are beginning to change is that more and more people have come to the realization that this will not occur with a POR dominated administration. A very good indication of that drift can be demonstrated in the most recent poll done by the Razumkov Center. In that poll a total of 46.5% of committed voters stated that they supported the major Opposition Parties. The Party of Regions were supported by 24.6% and the Communists by 9.4%. Unless there is massive fraud or if people don't show up to vote, the Government is in big trouble. It's just that simple.

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stepankom Aug. 22, 2012, 3 p.m.    

Dear Khvylia

I very much hope that you are right. However there is a chance that P of R, which, of course, can no longer win a fair election or construct a parliamentary majority without fraud of some description, will use the candidates from the Majority Districts many of whom are "independents" to form a false majority without a genuine mandate. However, if the opposition has the largest share of the vote but is defrauded in this manner it will be an important moral victory. It's clear that Yanukovych has torn up the rule boo so things could get even nastier as he grips onto power because the wholesale theft and the destruction of the rule of law he has initiated expose him to the risk of retribution and, more hopefully, justice. Certainly a number of people connected to him, however undemocratic this may appear, will have to be excluded from the democratic process to protect Ukrainian democracy- an interesting paradox.

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