It would perhaps be amusing, had it not been for the human lives damaged by this ridiculous – and illegal – affront to democracy…

The case of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been in prison since August and was in October sentenced to seven years in prison on abuse of office charges, took a bizarre twist on Dec. 8. Judge Andriy Trubnikov of Shevchenkivsky District Court decided to hold a court hearing in her prison cell.

The hearing, of course, was behind closed doors. Neither journalists nor members of the opposition were allowed into Lukianivka detention center.

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