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The relentless assault on the justice system has taken many forms, but has especially damaged Ukraine’s standing in the world through the appearance of political prisoners: members of the former government either remanded in custody or, as with the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, sentenced to 7 years imprisonment.

Three prosecutions show clear politically motivation. Tymoshenko’s long sentence is for a political decision, the gas accords with Russia signed to break the deadlock and halt in gas supplies to Ukraine and Europe in the winter of 2009.

Former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko and former Acting Defense Minister Valery Ivashchenko have both been held in custody for more than a year over supposed offences, many of which are being committed with impunity by those now in power, while others require serious mental effort to see as offenses at all.

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