Reaction swift to Tymoshenko's arrest (updated)

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Aug. 5, 2011, 7:47 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Vlad Lavrov

Supporters of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko express dismay outside a Kyiv courtroom after a judge ordered Tymoshenko arrested and jailed on contempt-of-court charges.

Vlad Lavrov

Kyiv Post staff writer

Editor’s Note: The following statements came in response to the Aug. 5 arrest and jailing of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on contempt-of-court charges in her trial. Tymoshenko is charged with exceeding her authority as prime minister in reaching a 2009 gas deal with Russia to end a three-week shutoff in January. Tymoshenko, in a view shared by many Ukrainians and many in the West, calls the charges politically motivated to win a conviction that makes her ineligible to run against Yanukovych in the 2015 presidential election or stand in the 2012 parliamentary eletion. Yanukovych denies he has anything to do with the charges.
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