Despite International Outcry, Ukraine’s Yulia Tymoshenko May Face Even More Jail Time


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In the three days since a Ukrainian court convicted ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of abuse of power, the country’s president Viktor Yanukovych has been portrayed as a modern-day Joseph Stalin. Leaders from Brussels to Moscow accused his regime of staging a show trial in which his main political rival was sentenced to seven years in prison, fined $188 million and barred from contesting next year’s presidential election.

For a split second it seemed that Yanukovych might adopt a conciliatory tone. Following the verdict he said that Tymoshenko’s sentence could be reversed during appeal, and on Oct. 13 he expressed support for de-criminalizing the article under which she had been convicted. But any chance Yanukovych had of mitigating the diplomatic fallout evaporated on Wednesday with the news that his government is bringing a second criminal case against Tymoshenko. This ham-fisted maneuvering will do little to dispel suspicions that Yanukovych…

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