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Tymoshenko hospitalized

Kharkiv, Ukraine – On Wednesday former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was transferred to the hospital for a serious back problem, under the supervision of a German doctor.

Tymoshenko was sentenced in October 2011 to seven years in prison for abuse of power in negotiating a contract to import Russian natural gas in 2009.

Tymoshenko was a key leader of the country’s Orange Revolution in 2004, which led to the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych from power. She went on to become the country’s prime minister.

After fellow revolutionary Viktor Yushchenko failed as president following the revolution, Tymoshenko ran for the post against her bitter rival Viktor Yanukovych. In a rigged election, Yanukovych won and returned to the position in which Tymoshenko helped remove him from three years earlier.

Yanukovych’s government later charged Ms. Tymoshenko with abuse of power for a gas deal she made with Russia in 2009 during her time as prime minster.

She began a hunger strike two weeks ago to protest against the abuse she said she had suffered in prison. Case management Tymoshenko Ukrainian authorities has aroused critical reactions in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.

Secretary of State for Health, Raisa Moiseïenko, said the inmate had been transferred from the prison of Kharkiv to a local clinic.

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