On Tuesday – an approach of the opposition at the opening of the 10th session of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine would only alienate the release of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was sentenced to seven years in prison , said the president of the Rada Vladimir Litvin.
“What happened in the morning by parliament is an act of hooliganism (…) Such an approach can only alienate a prospect of release of Tymoshenko,” M.Litvine told to reporters .
Tuesday, at the opening of the parliamentary session, the opposition did not intervene to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, brandishing a picture of Yulia Tymoshenko and chanting “Shame!” and “Freedom to Yulia”.
The chairman of the Rada warned that such conduct by members of the opposition could be an excuse for the parliamentary majority to block the adoption of the bill on the decriminalization of a series of economic crimes, including the Article 365 of the Penal Code, under which Tymoshenko was considered, and that would have allowed amnesty of former Prime Minister.
Tymoshenko who is currently serving her sentence has been condemned for having signed in 2009, without government approval she headed at the time, the gas agreements with Russia unfavorable in Kiev.
According M.Litvine, some supporters of Ms. Tymoshenko who struggle with words for her release, really wish that she remains behind bars.
In Europe, the general perception of the matter is that Tymoshenko is a purely political motivation.