During and after the 2010 presidential election campaign, Tymoshenko prophesized accurately about her own fate and that of the nation if Yanukovych became president.
On Oct. 26, 2010, after the Yanukovych administration started jailing former members of her government, she said: “The mafia is showing that if you go against them, sooner or later you’ll be in jail. They have to show that they are in full control of people’s lives and that anyone that crosses them will end up behind bars.”
Tymoshenko also told the Kyiv Post in a Nov. 17, 2010, interview: “They don’t see Ukraine as a country, with democracy and freedoms for citizens. They see it as a mega-corporation of their own, and it’s a joint stock closed company. And all the resources and population are their assets.” She has also called the president “a marionette” of the nation’s billionaire oligarchs.