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One of her mates rejoined: "I hope she has a better fate than Tymoshenko."

That day, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych had rejected an independent German doctor’s opinion that the imprisoned, mysteriously sick former Prime Minister needed to be transferred to a hospital. Let her die! the president of Ukraine was really saying; for his Party of Regions is a gang holding the Sovieto-medieval view that political opponents are to be eliminated. That Ms. Tymoshenko might become a bigger problem for them in death than she is in life is beyond them.

A few days later, a furor erupted in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolayiv, more commonly known by its Russian name, Nikolayev. On March 9, 18-year-old Oksana Makar had been gang-raped, set on fire and left for dead. Three men were arrested. Two of them, who are from families of the contemporary nomenklatura under the Party of Regions, were released without bail.

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