Yuriy Lutsenko, former top cop, given four-year prison sentence

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March 1, 2012, 11:46 p.m. | Ukraine — by Yuriy Onyshkiv

Former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko awaits his sentencing from a court detention cage on Feb. 27. A Kyiv judge sentenced the 2004 Orange Revolution leader to four years imprisonment on abuse-of-office charges in a trial condemned as politically motivated. He is an ally of imprisoned ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, also considered a victim of political persecution. Lutsenko, jailed in 2010, has two years and 10 months left to serve.
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Yuriy Onyshkiv

A sense of predictability hung in the air as the courtroom filled with dozens of journalists, Western diplomats and opposition politicians eager to hear the verdict against former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko on Feb. 27.
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AL BALA March 2, 2012, 5:51 a.m.    

“Speak up! We can’t hear your lies,” Lutsenko shouted at one of the judges, who was quickly mumbling through the text of the verdict.

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gary yellando March 2, 2012, 10:32 a.m.    

Gat use to it Yanko is here for years now... Ukraines future is with Russia,,,,,not the EU...Yanko never wanted the EU but very cleaverly say so.,,and the EU believe him !!!!

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Gene Nelson March 5, 2012, 5:37 a.m.    

I always believed Lutsenko was one of the good guys.

I never doubted that Yulia had guilt, but I honestly believed she would help move Ukraine closer to the West.

The main threats to Yanu are now in jail, while the real criminals like Yanu and PoR and Yush and many OU members are safe and sound in their mansions scattered throughout Ukraine.

There was so much excitement beginning in 2004 with the hope of democracy for Ukraine.

Thanks to the traitorous actions of people who were part of the Orange Revolution like Yush &amp; Yats, a brutal and corrupt autocracy now rules in Ukraine.

I have been to Ukraine often and have seen happiness on the faces of many.

Now, I fear to visit, as I imagine I will see the same faces of sorrow as I have seen in Belarus.

Democratic countries, you anger me with your pious democracies and unwillingness to stand up against the brutality and the oppression of humanity. I wish for you nightmares, the same as many people in countries like Belarus and Ukraine are suffering, because of your lack of fortitude or courage.

You pisz ants! You could do more!

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