Jail staff claim threats of violence from Tymoshenko camp

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April 28, 2012, 8:39 p.m. |
Officials at the Kachanivska Correctional Colony, the prison in Kharkiv where former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is serving her sentence, have asked law enforcement officials to protect their families because of alleged threats of violence, the State Penitentiary Service said on Saturday. "Constant numerous visits to the Kachanivska Colony by people's deputies [lawmakers] have destabilized the routine of the institution. There have been confirmed instances of unjustified grievances and threats of violence against institution personnel and members of their families," the service said in a statement.

"For this reason, employees of the penitentiary have filed applications with prosecution services and the police to protect family members of individual colony officials and institute a criminal investigation into the threats of violence," it said.

The service said Andriy Kovalenko, first deputy head of the prison, was one of those who had allegedly received threats.

Kovalenko "is not hiding and is carrying out his duties," the service said.

Tymoshenko's defense lawyers and daughter had claimed earlier that Kovalenko had hit the former premier in a bid to force her to end a hunger strike.

The Penitentiary Service said in its statement that official investigations "have detected no instance of Tymoshenko being beaten or having physical force used against her."

"Tymoshenko has made no complaints to the hospital. Generally speaking, there has been no case of any special equipment of physical force being used against women convicts over the past few years," the statement said. "Tymoshenko told the head of the institution that she would not declare a hunger strike."
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harley April 28, 2012, 9:17 p.m.    

What a joke! Do any of these goons have any sense of shame?

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Eckard von Goeden April 28, 2012, 10:08 p.m.    

Yep, you are right. That Tymoshenko gang is more than dangerous.

A bunch of criminals.

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Eckard von Goeden April 28, 2012, 11:08 p.m.    

Let Tymoshenko ask for asylum in Germany.

Ukraine must get rid of her.

She is a pest.

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Roman Dawydiak April 28, 2012, 10:24 p.m.    

You are absolutely correct Eckard. The Opposition will eventually bury the criminals. The POR, Lytvyn's group and the Communists are destined for the garbage dump!

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Roman Dawydiak April 29, 2012, 2:58 p.m.    

Correct. Barring massive fraud, the POR and their cronies will be shot down in flames in the VR election this coming October.

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Roman Dawydiak April 30, 2012, 1:33 p.m.    

Punching out a bedridden woman half his size with very little strength, Andriy Kovalenko demonstrated the same immoral character as those trolls that tortured, raped, mutilated, burned and murdered Oksana Makar. Kovalenko must be severely punished for this cowardly physical assault. One possible method of atonement would be to put him in aboxing ring for 5 seconds (or maybe 3 seconds) with one of the Klychko brothers. Refusing to fight should net him 25 years in the slammer.

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