The charges from Yulia Tymoshenko’s supporters that President Viktor Yanukovych is trying to kill the imprisoned ex-prime minister need to be investigated thoroughly and competently, something that almost never happens in this increasingly undemocratic nation.

Presidential chief of staff Serhiy Lyovochkin, in a briefing with reporters on Jan. 12, vehemently denied the accusations made by Tymoshenko’s bloc after the opposition leader said that she became unconscious on Jan. 6 after being given medication in her Kharkiv prison cell.

The nation’s prison and health authorities say nothing of the kind happened.

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