And for what? Because she, in her capacity as the leader of the government at the time, didn’t properly negotiate a lower price for Russian natural gas exports.

You don’t have to be a fan of Tymoshenko to know that this trumped-up charge amounts to political revenge designed to get rid of her.

The absurdity of the charges, the trial, the verdict and sentence stunned many in the West who still hold on to the illusion of a democratic Ukraine trying to integrate into the civilized family of nations and European Union.

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