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Health check fuels Tymoshenko controversy

Health check fuels Tymoshenko controversy
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A panel of international doctors has examined Yulia Tymoshenko amid concerns about the jailed Ukrainian oppostion leader’s failing health.

She had reportedly earlier refused the medicial check because Ukrainian doctors were involved. It is understood the two sides reached a compromise.

It was the latest twist in the ongoing controversy over the imprisonment of the politician on abuse of office charges. Her supporters and many in the West say the case is a politically-motivated vendetta by her bitter rival, President Viktor Yanukovich.

Tymoshenko’s followers are unrelenting in their campaign to secure her release. Outside the prison in Kharkiv where she is being held, a woman activist said: “Yanukovich is scared, because he knows that people trust her. And he is wrong if he thinks he can finish her off, that people will remain silent. People will than stand up and wipe out this regime forever, because they are bandits!”

Tymoshenko is facing other more serious charges that could lengthen her seven-year sentence. At the same time, one of her allies is now facing jail in a case that could further aggravate relations with the West. Yuri Lutsenko has been charged with embezzling state funds.