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You're reading: Emotions run high over Tymoshenko in Yalta

The Yalta European Strategy forum in Crimea gathered representatives of both sides for a public debate of the issue since Tymoshenko was jailed more than a year ago and sentenced for seven years for abuse of office in a case that is widely considered political. But it became apparent during the discussion that there is no solution in this case that became the most visible demonstration of selective justice in the country.

 Representatives of the government argued that the case is legitimate and only means that law is finally being enforced in the country, while the opposition made personal attacks and insisted that the presumption of innocence and many other international norms were violated in this case.

 Rinat Kuzmin, deputy prosecutor general, shocked with statements and an authoritative style, outshining even Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, who spoke earlier that day and whose style of speech is often described as “Soviet.”

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