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The decision by several European leaders to skip Euro 2012 football games played in Ukraine next month is a smart, well-calibrated way to express disgust with President Viktor Yanukovych’s persecution of political opponents.

The world, including Yanukovych, has admitted that the conviction and seven-year prison sentence of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Oct. 11 is based on a flawed Soviet-era law that criminalizes political decisions with a vague “abuse-of-office” charge. Even many of Tymoshenko’s detractors would admit that she should not be imprisoned for reaching a gas agreement with Russia as prime minister in 2009, no matter how unfavorable the terms.

Yet, instead of changing course, Yanukovych’s cronies in the Prosecutor General’s Office are piling on more investigations against Tymoshenko.

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