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Prison transfer for Ukraine ex-PM Tymoshenko

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Prison transfer for Ukraine ex-PM Tymoshenko


Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is now in a detention centre in the east of the country, after being moved from a jail in the capital Kiev.

In a snub to the European Union, the Ukrainian government has rehoused Tymoshenko before her case can be heard in the European Court of Human Rights.

Members of her Batkyvshchina Party are describing the complex in a suburb of Kharkiv as a ‘remote prison colony’.

First Deputy Chairman of Batkyvshchina Oleksandr Turchynov said the move was sudden.

“They woke Yulia Tymoshenko up at night without any warning or explanations and in the morning, literally on stretchers, they packed her onto a prison van and sent her in the direction of Kharkiv,” he said.

Tymoshenko has been sentenced to seven years for exceeding her executive powers whilst making a gas deal with Russia in 2009. The conviction is seen as politically-motivated by the US and EU, which has delayed some of its dealings with Ukraine.

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