European People’s Party: 'Tymoshenko arrest brings Ukraine one step closer to Soviet-style authoritarianism'

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Aug. 6, 2011, 11:35 a.m. | Ukraine — by Kyiv Post Staff

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Wilfried Martens, president of the European People's Party, condemned the arrest of Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, describing it as a shift by President Viktor Yanukovych’s administration towards ‘Soviet-style authoritarianism.’ “I am not surprised that today the court ordered Yulia Tymoshenko to be placed under arrest. For months now, it has been blatantly obvious that President Viktor] Yanukovych regime is running a politically motivated court case. The motive is clear: the removal of the main obstacle for returning to Soviet-style authoritarianism. Today Ukraine has moved one step closer,” Martens said in an August 5 statement published on the party's website.

“I call on Viktor Yanukovych to put an immediate end to this sham – Europe's patience has reached its limit,” President Martens added.

The Batkivshchyna party of Tymoshenko, a two-time prime minister, is an observer member party of the European People’s Party, the largest and most influential cross-border European political party. The centre right party currently includes 75 member-parties from 39 countries, the Presidents of the European Commission, European Council, and European Parliament, 17 EU and 6 non-EU heads of state and government, 13 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament, according to the statement.
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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 7:16 p.m.    

Come on Europe, where have you been? This has been going on since Yanu became president and formed his illegal coalition.

You have the power to influence this govt.

Obviously, you don't have the courage.

You love your democracy, but you love Russian energy more than democracy for others.


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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 10:19 p.m.    

What are you talking about, people? Madam Tymoshenko is disrespectful of the Court! Do you know the Criminal Procedural Code of Ukraine? Any Ukrainian defendant would be jailed on her place. Or you think she is above the law? I bet she does, like many of her supporters. Ukrainian politicians,officials,policemen.. think they are. That's why they do whatever they want. They know one thing: no punishment exists for them. She made a disadvantageous gas deal with Russia. Does it say anything to you? Do you know what it means to an ordinary Ukrainian, a pensioner, a single mother? She commited a crime and she must be punished.Only one thing makes me sad: this is a corrupt country from top to bottom.There is no democracy here.


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Anonymous Aug. 7, 2011, 6:47 p.m.    

Yanuk swore an oath on the bible to uphold the Constitution....

Has he kept his oath??

The answer is a resounding NO .

For example,,,every Rada vote has been illegal , with piano voting, thus every law Yanuk signed is ILLEGAL....scary, isn't it?

Now, Dima, you are suggesting she be prosecuted for illegal acts.

How about prosecuting ALL piano voters,,,,this is where the real crimes are committed.

Respectfully,,,,open your eyes to the ROOT CAUSE, of Ukraines corrupt and dysfunctional gov't.

We have a 'good' Constitution,,,,but it is useless if it is ignored.

Please,,,change must begin with stopping illegal voting in the rada.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 11:54 p.m.    

dima, dima, dima, why do you keep posting the same comments.

You're telling me she committed a crime because she made an energy deal with Russia that Yanu and PoR didn't like? That is insanity.

The true criminals are Yanu and PoR for their attempt to persecute and prosecute anyone that is considered a threat to them and sadly some foolish people can't figure that out...or maybe they are unable?

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Anonymous Aug. 8, 2011, 5:16 p.m.    

That court was nothing more than a circus and the Judge is just a prostitute following orders down the line. Funny how no one mentions Viktor Yanukovych’s $200,000,000 helicopter? That my friends is theft at the most vulgar level. So educate your selves on the level of corruption that is a reality in Ukraine before you post.

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Anonymous Aug. 14, 2011, 2:17 p.m.    

Now, I'd REALLY like to see a photo of a 200 million dollar rotary winger. Sure you didn't add a zero or three for added visual appeal?

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Anonymous Aug. 15, 2011, 12:03 a.m.    

the helicopter is made from pure gold and cocaine. the gold came from akhmetov and the cocaine came from her cabinet desk

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Anonymous Aug. 8, 2011, 6:06 p.m.    

To be honest, if Tigipko had won the Presidency... and he was putting Timoshenko on trial for the same sorts of charges... it would be pretty acceptable. This is not about whether she's innocent, it's about the current style of government mostly. She's not innocent, but corruption is rampant at all levels and has been unaddressed by any administration including all the people involved in this affair, for the past 20 years. Her probable guilt is the irony in this affair.

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Anonymous Aug. 9, 2011, 8:06 p.m.    

Klitschko will save tymoshenko from the wolves. but she should take a lesson and not be so anxious to mock the court for the remainder of her case. because if she goes back to jail when he's busy training for his title fight, she may sit in jail for a long spell until he is available to get her out again. he is not batman

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Anonymous Aug. 11, 2011, 10:18 a.m.    

Ukraine heads back towards Russia:

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