Representatives of the pro-presidential Party of Regions have gone to great pains to tie Tymoshenko’s name to this messy affair that involves power, fat bank accounts in foreign jurisdictions and a personal connection between convicted money launderer Lazarenko and Tymoshenko in the wild 1990s, when she was big in the gas trading business.
The accusations were rolled out on the same day that the Party of Regions sabotaged a parliament committee hearing that was to debate proposed legislation to allow Ukrainian prisoners to receive medical treatment abroad. If any of these three laws were approved, it would have opened the way for the courts to release Tymsohenko to Germany – a key precondition for signing an association agreement with the European Union at the end of November.
But all signs point to no movement on the Tymoshenko issue. Oleksandr Yefremov, one of the Party of Regions’ most senior members and its parliamentary faction leader, told Interfax-Ukraine that his party will support “none of the laws” that would pave the way for the ex-prime minister’s freedom.