The examinations carried out by German and Canadian doctors this month have shown that the authorities have been untruthful about the state of the opposition leader’s health and are not providing her with adequate treatment.

In a blatant example of the cruel and cynical official spin, Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka said on Feb. 17: "There is no in-house hospital treatment or operation needed. These are the finandings of foreign specialists who examined Tymoshenko." Moreover, Pshonka has no authority over her in prison.

But while officials claim she does not need treatment, one of the Canadian doctors, Peter Kujtan, said she is “in constant pain” and needs further tests. Her daughter says she has a spinal disc hernia and may need an operation.

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