Deutsche Welle: How Ukraine takes a page from Russia's book

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Aug. 3, 2012, 9:52 a.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Deutsche Welle

Opposition party activists hold a giant national flag as riot policemen stand guard during a protest in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv on July 30, 2012.

Observers say Ukraine is becoming more and more like Russia - less democracy, more authoritarianism. President Viktor Yanukovych seems to be inspired by President Vladimir Putin - but the comparison only goes so far

This Sunday, Aug. 5, Yulia Tymoshenko will have spent one year in jail. That was when the former Ukrainian prime minister was arrested, before she was later sentenced to seven years in jail following a controversial trial. The Ukrainian judiciary convicted her of abuse of office for signing gas contracts with Russia.

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