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Despite a stern warning from the European Union (EU) to drop criminal proceedings against former prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, she has been found guilty of abuse of power and sentenced to seven years in prison.


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Rodion Kireyev, the judge at Perchersky District court in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv presiding over former Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko’s trial, ruled that while in office she criminally exceeded her powers in 2009 when concluding the controversial gas supply deal with Russia. She was sentenced to seven years in prison and also ordered to pay the state $188 million and banned from running in the 2012 parliamentary and 2015 presidential elections. Tymoshenko has denounced the verdict as a political indictment by President Viktor Yanukovych.

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