KyivPost

Tymoshenko allowed to use telephone

Print version
July 19, 2012, 4:41 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is serving a seven-year jail term in Kharkiv, has been allowed to make a phone call, the Ukrainian Penitentiary Service reports.
© byut.com.ua

Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is serving a seven-year jail term in Kharkiv, has been allowed to make a phone call, the Ukrainian Penitentiary Service reports.

"Yesterday, convict Tymoshenko was granted exceptional permission to make a telephone call. She talked to two persons," the report says.

The law allows Tymoshenko to use a stationary telephone in a special room in the penitentiary. Prison officers are banned from lending convicts their mobile phones for private calls.

On July 18, the Penitentiary Service reported that Tymoshenko had demanded that unless she was granted a phone call, she would smash the window in her hospital ward.

Tymoshenko's Batkivschyna Party claims that she has been deprived of an opportunity to use the telephone since she was moved to the Kachanivska colony last December. 

The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively debate. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. If you think that a posted comment violates these standards, please flag it and alert us. We will take steps to block violators.
blueriver July 19, 2012, 7:09 p.m.    

The Party of Babies (Regions) are acting like a bunch of mafia who have power..rough scum who bought there way into power with the help of Russia...big boys afraid of a Lady...what a joke......Imagine she used a telephone the babies are so afraid they must make a statment....I say toall the Babies MOVE TO MOSCOW...and allow Ukraine move towards Europe..No one in Europe likes You idiots Or Yanukovych the big guff..

{# <-- parent id goes here
carl July 19, 2012, 8:01 p.m.    

It is standard policy worldwide to restrict/prohibit use of telephone by convicts.

{# <-- parent id goes here
cedrik July 19, 2012, 9:41 p.m.    

Carl, what you see from 'blueriver', who is actually one of the many names of just one lad in Canada, is the true face of the 'loyal opposition'. Good thing he isn't here, LOL.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Roman Dawydiak July 20, 2012, 4:20 p.m.    

Wrong! In civilised democracies inmates are allowed unlimited phone calls as long as they obey the rules and regulations of their institution.Only tinpot dictatorships restrict or deny these privledges'

{# <-- parent id goes here
cedrik July 20, 2012, 6:19 p.m.    

Really? Mayhap you should look up USA, EU, and your own Canada restrictions on phone calls.
As for the 'obey the rules' gig, let's see here. She refuses to work, her statement being 'I already have a job, head of BYT'. She just threatened to 'break a window unless you let me have a phone call'. She refuses to wear the standard prison garb....and the list goes on.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Roman Dawydiak July 21, 2012, 3:37 a.m.    

Keep fishing Cedrik. Your comments are based in part from innuendos and East German Stasi type of propaganda. Yulia Tymoshenko's situation is based on her conviction by kangaroo courts run by Vitya "Mr. Potato Head" Yanuslobovych. The true Democracies of the world have repudiated on many occasions any validity of her conviction making her (and many others in a similar situation) political prisoners. Her status as a political prisoner has also been recognised by various dignitaries such as the late Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic and Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar (Burma). You on the other hand think like an East German Stasi or Stalinist and therefore, it is natural for your kind to see her as a regular inmate. As for Tymoshenko's current status, that too will come under the microscope again when the European Court of Human Rights delivers their verdict on her case on August 28/2012. Yanuslobovych will need more than his "spin doctors" for that occasion.

{# <-- parent id goes here
cedrik July 21, 2012, 2:26 p.m.    

The article is about her use of telephone, not her conviction.

I say again, show me were in your Canada, or EU, or USA, etc, where inmates have unlimited use of telephone.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Roman Dawydiak July 22, 2012, 6:28 a.m.    

Your statement is going from the sublime to the ridiculous. People who are incarcerated in real democracies are allowed unlimited use of phones wherever this does not conflict with scheduled programs, emergencies and night hours. Your fishing expedition is going nowhere.

{# <-- parent id goes here
cedrik July 22, 2012, 2:21 p.m.    

Bovine scatology. Look it up. I've put enough people in prison to know, and NONE of them have unlimited phone privileges.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Roman Dawydiak July 22, 2012, 5:38 p.m.    

What prison? In Tannu Tuva? It is more than obvious that your knowledge of penal systems in true democracies is to say the very least, deficient.

{# <-- parent id goes here
cedrik July 23, 2012, 7:26 a.m.    

There might be a prison in one of the old Galacian provinces up by the Polish border that may allow unlimited phone access, but that would be the only one. You know the area, the part of Ukraine that used to be part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Poland, where a lot of the foreign diasporae came from 3 or 4 generations ago.

{# <-- parent id goes here
cedrik July 23, 2012, 7:43 a.m.    

There might be a prison in one of the old Galacian provinces up by the Polish border that may allow unlimited phone access, but that would be the only one. You know the area, the part of Ukraine that used to be part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Poland, where a lot of the foreign diasporae came from 3 or 4 generations ago.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Michael Romano Aug. 28, 2012, 8:59 a.m.    

" Penitentiary Service reported that Tymoshenko had demanded that unless she was granted a phone call, she would smash the window in her hospital ward."

I doubt that. The woman can't walk unaided... I'm sure she's able to smash a window. What stupid accusation are the prison service going to come up with next. Use common sense, no one with spinal hernia could have the strength to smash a window when in the condition she's in.

{# <-- parent id goes here

KyivPost

© 1995–2014 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at news@kyivpost.com
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.