Tymoshenko, the key political opponent of
President Viktor Yanukovich, was sentenced to seven years in prison last
October on abuse-of-office charges in a case the West saw as an example of
Despite calls from Brussels and Washington for
her release, Ukrainian prosecutors have heaped more charges on Tymoshenko,
bringing her to court in a tax evasion and embezzlement trial and investigating
her over a 1996 murder case.
In a case that could have further legal
repercussions for Tymoshenko, a court in Kyiv ruled on Wednesday the Ukrainian
government owed Russia’s Defence Ministry 3.1 billion hryvnias ($382 million)
over a deal in which she was involved.