Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko's supporters
Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was arrested for “interfering with witness questioning” on August 5, 2011, during her trial for abuse of power. Tymoshenko may have been openly provoking the court, but the decision to place her under arrest still came as a surprise. Two months later, she was found guilty and sentenced to seven years in prison. Even many of her opponents were stunned by the harsh sentence.
The day of her arrest was a turning point in the history of modern Ukrainian politics, which until then had managed to steer clear of head-on clashes and hopeless conflicts. The opposing sides tried to avoid passing the point of no return even when tensions were running very high during the crisis of 2004. The Tymoshenko case proved to be the proverbial Rubicon.