Ukraine's Tymoshenko Accuses Authorities Of Intimidation Tactics

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's main opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko said on Tuesday the authorities had launched a campaign of intimidation against her.

Yulia Tymoshenko

Former premier Tymoshenko, who narrowly lost to her arch-foe Viktor Yanukovych in February's presidential polls, said last week that the new president's Party of Regions had tried to pressurize and bribe judges at the Constitutional Court into approving the legality of the creation of a new majority parliamentary coalition.

The Party of Regions has rejected the accusations.

"I want to inform the public that they have started to act against me," Tymoshenko, waving a subpoena from the Prosecutor General's Office, told a news conference on Tuesday.

"After I revealed information about bribes in the Constitutional Court, I got a subpoena from the Prosecutor General's Office during the Easter holidays," she went on.

Tymoshenko also claimed she was often intimidated by the authorities when former president Leonid Kuchma was in power in the early 2000s.

"His supporters twisted my arms while trying to humiliate and oppress my family," she told the Ukrainska Pravda paper. "Yanukovych and his not scare me."

Source: RIA Novosti