Tymoshenko’s Daughter Asks US Senate For Help

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- On 1 February, the daughter of Ukraine’s former prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, Evgenia, explained to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee the legal situation in Ukraine, calling for immediate action, which is also confirmed in its recent resolution of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.

Evgenia, daughter of former Ukrainian PM and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, seen together with protesters in Kiev, Ukraine.

Evgenia Tymoshenko urged the Senate to ask US authorities to do everything possible to save democracy in Ukraine.

The daughter of the former premier also noted that her mother is not the only political prisoner.

"But I don’t want you to think that this is only about my mother. It is not. Others are being repressed and unjustly imprisoned."

"Her former colleague, Minister of Interior Yuri Lutsenko has been imprisoned for over a year on charges that would be laughable if they were not so tragic. Former Acting Minister of Defence Valery Ivashchenko has been imprisoned for almost two years, with his health severely deteriorating," Eugenia Tymoshenko said at a hearing on Ukraine at a Crossroads: What’s at Stake for the US and Europe?

Eugenia Tymoshenko informed the members of the US Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs that the Ukrainian authorities have put former Kharkiv government and regional leader of the Batkivshchyna Party Arsen Avakov on the international wanted list as well as about infringements of human rights and freedoms in her country.

"Political repressions continue. My mother is only the most striking example of selective application of criminal law. This is a great challenge for Ukraine’s democratic development," she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko’s daughter also said the Yanukovych regime continues to put pressure on her family and has reopened cases against her father and grandfather.

She said one of the main reasons why her mother is being persecuted is that she fought corruption and the corrupt gas schemes used by RosUkrEnergo.

"The current government’s activities are not only ruining the image of Ukraine, and Ukraine as a united nation, but also the profitable sectors of the economy, that become paralysed and eventually abandoned, when the rule of law is ignored."

"Successful people prefer to leave Ukraine and our population is declining," she said.

Eugenia Tymoshenko said that it is paramount that Ukraine have free and fair elections.

"But it would be impossible without major opposition leaders. I ask you to consider all possible ways to explain to Yanukovych’s regime the consequences of their actions," she added.

Source: New Europe