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Tymoshenko asks Ukrainians to fight ruling party

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Aug. 24, 2012, 3:59 p.m. | Politics — by Associated Press

Opposition activists take part in a rally as they mark the 21th anniversary of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union and protest the arrest of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.
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Ukraine's jailed ex-prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has called on Ukrainians to put up a fight against the ruling party in the coming parliamentary vote.

Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced last year to seven years in prison for abuse of office while negotiating a natural gas contract with Russia in 2009. Her supporters say the trial was orchestrated by her opponent President Viktor Yushchenko.

Tymoshenko's audio message from a jail in eastern Ukraine was played out at an opposition rally in Kiev on Friday, Aug. 24. The ex-premier called on her supporters to "put up a fight."

She says, "this is a battle between all sensible and strong people and an absolute evil."

The parliamentary vote is slated for Oct. 28.

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blueriver Aug. 25, 2012, 12:16 p.m.    

Do not worry Yulia , Yanukovych is afraid of you and will keep looking for reasons to put you in Prison.

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elmer-елмер Aug. 25, 2012, 3:54 p.m.    

no doubt about that

meow, meow, meow

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cedrik Aug. 25, 2012, 5:30 p.m.    

One ongoing trial and two more trials waiting. Doesn't look like she's getting out any time soon.

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 25, 2012, 8:20 p.m.    

Don't count your eggs before they hatch, Cedrik. With Yanukovych's current popularity rating sitting at 12.6%, Azarov and his Cabinet at 7% and the POR dominated Verkhovna Rada at 4% does not constitute an overwhelming support for the bandits in power. An Opposition victory in the elections for a new Verkhovna Rada will seriously damage Vitya's authoritarian dictatorship.

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carl Aug. 25, 2012, 10:38 p.m.    

True Cedrik. Khvylia polling data this far from election is unreliable though it is correct that public support is down. Real improvement in lives of people will not be visible until 2nd of 2013. Regions just needs a little more time, we are in a global economic downturn after all.

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 26, 2012, 12:30 p.m.    

There are two problems with your brief assessment, Carl. In so far as the latest poll is concerned, any single poll could be viewed as a snapshot of a single period in time. This poll differs somewhat in that it is the latest example of a series of polls which have since the spring of 2012 shown a steadily decreasing support for the Party of Regions. The second problem is socio-economic stagnation. While it is true that Ukraine is suffering just like most countries in the world from either recession or a serious economic slump, the Yanukovych Administration has made a negligible effort to relieve the plight of the average consumer. Infact, the leadership's inability and/or resistance to deal with massive corruption has alienated most of the general population. This in itself will require a sustained effort over a considerable time period to bring under effective control. It is impossible to achieve significant reform that will affect everyone in a one month period. That will be the ultimate crippling issue facing the POR in particular come election day.

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