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You're reading: Thugs like Yanukovych only understand the big stick

And rightfully so.

It is a gross miscarriage of justice and a politically-motivated show trial designed to put an opposition leader out of action. It harks back to the Stalinist show trial of the 1930s and cements the Yanukovych regime’s return to the dictatorial ways of the ex-USSR.

Tymoshenko was convicted of “abuse of power” for supposedly negotiating a bad gas deal with Russia.

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