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Tymoshenko claims president ordered prosecutors to put her in jail

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May 12, 2010, 12:14 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
BYuT leader Yulia Tymoshenko has said that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has instructed the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) to find any grounds to prosecute her. "All the offices of the Prosecutor General's Office said that Yanukovych has personally instructed the leadership of the Prosecutor General's Office to find any grounds, no matter what they are, in order to put me in jail within three or four months," she told reporters on Wednesday, while entering the building of the PGO main investigative department, where she was called with a summons connected with the investigation into a criminal case.
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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 1:16 p.m.    

Imagine ... Ukraine without Yulia, serene, focused, generating GDP rather than hot air. If all of her supporters can be inspired to go on a hunger strike (maybe one or two might even set fire to themselves) the country may stand a chance of working rather then simply giving the impression of marching around, waving flags!!

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 2:02 p.m.    

Hello smarty, BYuT got more then 20% of the votes and Yulia herself nearly 50% the last elections. Others in BYuT will take her role if nececery

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 2:40 p.m.    

Let us hope for the sake of unity in the opposition others in the BYuT DO take her role!

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 12:03 a.m.    

Sure, you would much ruther see Ukraine marching around waving Red flags, got that.

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 2:48 p.m.    

The cost of losing MP immunity will be high it seems Yulia.

I do not think anyone in Ukraine would be surprised to know you had your hands in the kitty. The Ukrainian politicians are all seen to be that way by all Ukrainians. It is probably one of the few areas where there is absolute unity in opinion across Ukraine. That being you are all theives.

As much as I would stand and protest along side you over many issues in Ukraine, I would not stand and protest your innocence (or any other parliamentarian) when it comes to theft from the State for personal gain.

Your real problem will be if the current Ukrainian government ask independent foreign entities (IMF, WB et al) to confirm the missing money under your watch negating any form of &quot;they're framing me&quot; claim.

Even then, you would be guitly of what? Bad management and be forced to resign over bad management (if there is nothing directly linking you personally to any theft).

Many a CEO has resigned over such issues in the past.

It is not exactly hard to resign as leader of the opposition when technically it is a self proclaimed title and you do not represent all the opposition now is it?

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 12:24 a.m.    

As much as I would stand and protest along side you over many issues in Ukraine, I would not stand and protest your innocence (or any other parliamentarian) when it comes to theft from the State for personal gain.

Sounds right!

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 3:54 p.m.    

I don't understand why Yulia is so worried about her prosecution.Nobody is above the law.Even in UK, MPs are prosecuted for corruption.This is the position of the law which is above all citizens.Yulia has more than enough ill- gotten money to hire the best lawyers in ukraine to prove her innocence.If she has no skeleton in wardrobes, then she shouldn't be worried.My feeling is that, this is begining of Yulia's political era.

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 7:55 p.m.    

Should not Yanukovych be convicted and jailed for rigging election results from the first election?

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, midnight    

Who said she is worried? It goes back to Kuchma. Yanukovich is Kuchma's protegee. The handful of corrupt bandits, taking turns, have been sbpoena-ing her for years. If for every time they came out with allegation against her they planted a tree, Ukraine would have been one huge orchard!

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 6:12 p.m.    

It's like Kuchma never left. This is a dumb move, though. Yanuconvict is just going to consolidate the opposition around her. The opposition is pretty fragmented now.

But Yanuconvict is so afraid of the pretty lady that he'll end up with mass demonstrations now matter what. Ceausescu anyone?

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 10:27 p.m.    

Pretty lady ???

Who do you mean ?

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 7:53 p.m.    

Yanukovych would just love to go back to the good old days.

A bullet to the back of the head and the body mysteriously disappears. No fuss, no mess!

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Gene Nelson May 12, 2010, 8:23 p.m.    

Reopening this case has nothing to do with looking for corruption, but in intimidating the main leader of the opposition.

Kuchma may not be back, but all his people are.

Is there a difference?

I don't think so.

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 8:51 p.m.    

yanukovych is a puppet of his KGB masters and now he let the KGB reside in Ukraine to destabalize Ukraine. Back to the show trials of the USSR?

The term show trial is a pejorative description of a type of highly public trial. The term was first recorded in the 1930s.[1] There is a strong connotation that the judicial authorities have already determined the guilt of the defendant and that the actual trial has as its only goal to present the accusation and the verdict to the public as an impressive example and as a warning. Show trials tend to be retributive rather than correctional justice.

Such trials can exhibit scant regard for the principles of jurisprudence and even for the letter of the law.

Show trials were a significant part of Joseph Stalin's regime. The Moscow Trials of the Great Purge period in the Soviet Union are characteristic.

The Moscow Trials were a series of trials of political opponents of Joseph Stalin during the Great Purge. Many of the defendants were executed. After Nikita Khrushchev's revelations in the 1950s, the Moscow Trials are today universally acknowledged as show trials in which the verdicts were predetermined, and then publicly justified through the use of coerced confessions, obtained by torture and threats against the defendants' families.

The purpose of the trials was to ELIMINATE any potential political challengers to Stalin's authority!

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 10:25 p.m.    

Please excuse my above garbage.

Meanwhile I have taken my medication and feel much better.

Thank you for your tolerance.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 6:46 p.m.    

kremlinoids can not disprove my factual statements, so some insane evil pervert decided to use my name (LES). They are ashamed to use their own name because their comments are nonsensical, and/or they were never baptized. As usual, the kremlinoids use intentional disinformation, just like the kremlin intentionally murdered 10,000,000's of Ukrainians.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 2:08 a.m.    

The diaspora is the last place one should look for information. They have very little knowledge of Ukraine and how the people think. The diaspora like the 19 yo whippersnapper above whose grandfather fled Ukraine in the 40s like a coward,thrives on memories from 1939 in Lviv.

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 9:04 p.m.    

Yanukovych should have assigned a permanent room for Yulia in Prosecutor's Headquarters, ruther than serve her with &quot;sabpoena&quot; each week for years, especially lately.

The russian bandit, who &quot;miraculously&quot; became &quot;The Guarantor of Constitution&quot; of Ukraine, &quot;The Head of Unti-corruption Comittee&quot; and all that, could save some money for his collection of alligator-skin boots, maybe even buy a descent bamboo cane, even have some left for couple of more ostriches for his very own &quot;Disney Land&quot; exotic Zoo in the Estate he stole from Ukraine.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 10:21 a.m.    

Oranges to blame for that. Had they worked a bit normally, Yanu would not look like the saviour.

Your fault. So your comment is pure rant.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 2:17 a.m.    

Now that the crimes of the orange thief oligarch Tymoshenko are going to get disclosed to the common public, the oranges are going to sunk a loot deeper into the craphole, heh, heh, heh :D

Good job President Yanukovich.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 3:35 a.m.    

How about we throw Yanukovych in jail for voter fraud from the first election 5 years back. In any other country in the world, Yanukovych would of been publically disgraced and severely punished. But not in Ukraine.

Our judicial system was asleep. Why?

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 6:23 a.m.    

For the life of me I don't understand why all of a sudden Yulia is holier than mothers milk. People in Ukraine voted for the lesser of two evals. It shows how much u know about Ukraine. Remember when Yanukovich made a anti-feminist remark, and some said he lost half of Ukraine and the election baaa humbug.... And to hear the diaspora berate and cuss their own people because they didn't vote for Yulia is outright disgusting.And u are a patriots? In Ukraina is the reality, and here is a could-have would-have wana-be. Yulia called on the weekend for 100 000 and what did she get 2000 young women and 300 students in lviv Right now people are sowing the filds planting patatos corn , comes november december Ylia is not going to give them a hand She stole from them.

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Anonymous May 16, 2010, 2:09 a.m.    

You stop the cars, buses, and trains - then you state that less people came?

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Anonymous May 16, 2010, 2:06 a.m.    

The commies love their show trials, and the commies are back in power now. The por was created from the commies that left the commie party and joined por.

&gt;&gt;1998 commie party = 24.7%

Por = 0%

&gt;&gt;1999 commie party = 22.4%

Por = 0 %

Vitrenko = 10.97%

&gt;&gt;2002 commie party = 19,98%

Por = 5% (?)

Vitrenko =3.2%

&gt;&gt;2004 commie party = 4.97%

Por = 39.26

Vitrenko = 1.53%

&gt;&gt;2006 commie party = 3.66%

Por =32.1%

Vitrenko = 2.93%

&gt;&gt;2007 commie party = 5.39%

Por = 34.37%

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