The Czech Republic has granted asylum to Oleksander Tymoshenko, the husband of Ukraine’s jailed opposition leader.
Yulia Tymoshenko’s party said her whole family circle was now under pressure from authorities in Kiev.
Today’s development could spark a diplomatic row as occurred a year ago when Prague gave asylum to a prominent ally of the former prime minister.
Jailed for seven years in October for abuse of office, she has been moved from the capital to the eastern town of Kharkiv, despite protests from her supporters.
Tymoshenko’s lawyers said she was being held there under 24-hour surveillance from closed circuit TV camera and with the lights permanently on in her cell.
She denied any wrongdoing at what the US and EU said was a politically-motivated trial.
Tymoshenko's husband granted Czech asylum