Share Tweet Pocket Add to Bookmarks
You're reading: Tymoshenko convicted, sentenced to 7 years in prison, ordered to pay state $188 million (update)
on social media

Kireyev said the opposition leader’s actions while she was prime minister had led to a loss for Naftogaz of 1.5 billion hryvnias ($188 million). "In January 2009, Tymoshenko, exercising the duties of prime minister … used her powers for criminal ends and, acting deliberately, carried out actions … which led to heavy consequences," he said.

After Kireyev read the guilty verdict and sentence, at nearly 1 p.m., Tymoshenko stood up and said she would continue to fight for justice and urged her supporters to do the same for the sake of the nation. "The year 1937 has returned to Ukraine," Tymoshenko said in the courtroom, referring to the Soviet era of Josef Stalin. "Fight for your rights. This is a difficult period for Ukraine."

Tymoshenko, the main political opponent of Yanukovych, was found guilty in connection with a bilateral agreement that ended the three-week 2009 gas shutoff by Russia over a price dispute. The Yanukovych leadership says the 10-year contract has saddled the former Soviet republic with an exorbitant price for vital supplies of Russian gas.

Exclusive article

Sign up or subscribe to view more articles. Try Kyiv Post for just 99¢ for the first month!
See All Plans
Monthly plan
Get unlimited article access, anytime, anywhere.

Yearly plan
Access all the exclusive content on and the complete online archive.

Add comment

Sorry, you must be logged in to post a comment.
More in this section

Add a picture
Choose file
Add a quote

Are you sure you want to delete your comment?


Are you sure you want to delete all user's comments?


Are you sure you want to unapprove user's comment?


Are you sure you want to move to spam user's comment?


Are you sure you want to move to trash user's comment?

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: