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If
convicted, Tymoshenko faces life in prison, in addition to the seven
years she has been serving since 2011 for signing a gas deal with
Russia. Her supporters say the accusations are a continuation of
President Viktor Yanukovych’s attempts to destroy his nemesis and
ensure that she can never become his political rival again.

In
a video released by the General
Prosecutor’s Office
on Jan. 20, a thin and shaky-looking Tymoshenko signs
a paper presented by an unnamed representative of the penitentiary
system. It listed three articles of the
criminal code
that she is suspected of violating.

The
authorities’ latest gambit involving Tymoshenko has a lot of
implications for Ukraine, most of them bad. The charges would be
greeted less skeptically if Ukraine had a credible judicial system.
Instead, it has one of the world’s most corrupt judiciaries.

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