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.
a video released by the General
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
that she is suspected of violating.
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.