Kyiv's Court of Appeals to consider Tymoshenko's appeal

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June 8, 2011, 11:38 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister and Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko on June 8 at 2:30 p.m. will attend a meeting of Kyiv's Court of Appeals, which will consider a lawsuit filed by the ex-premier against a ruling by the Pechersky District Court of Kyiv declaring lawful the opening of a criminal case against her related to gas contracts. The official Web site of Tymoshenko reported on June 7 that the former premier believes that actions by the Prosecutor General's Office on her criminal prosecution are illegal.

On May 16, the Pechersky District Court of Kyiv ruled that the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office lawfully opened a criminal case against the premier on the Ukrainian-Russian gas contracts. Tymoshenko and her defense lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko filed an appeal against this ruling.
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Anonymous June 8, 2011, 3:43 p.m.    

The biggest challenge for Ukrainian civil society is not to become marginalized, as happened in Belarus. This is not easy, given that it has become clear in Yanukovych’s first year that the main driving force behind the power of the authorities is fear.

That was made clear by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov at a conference in Yalta last year when he said, “Fear is one of the main human instincts, and it has to be made to work.”

Every action taken by the authorities — the arrests and interrogations of opposition leaders, the constant visits by the tax police to private firms — has one goal, to spread fear.

And not only in the opposition, but in the ranks of the ruling party as well. It is no secret that senior officials in the party have differing views, but they keep them to themselves.

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