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Yevgenia Tymoshenko Appeals for her Mother’s Release

Yevgenia Tymoshenko Appeals for her Mother’s Release

“Believe me: This is a serious threat to the democracy in Ukraine,” Yevgenia Tymoshenko said, her voice disembodied, almost ghostly, her expression intent. She glanced around at the handful of journalists gathered for the press conference at Vienna’s Presseclub Concordia on 13 September. The 32-year-old businesswoman and daughter of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko […]

Yulia Tymoshenko: Letter from Prison

It has been said that there are no atheists in a foxhole. Here, after my show trial and four and a half months in a cell, I have discovered that there are no atheists in prison, either. When, despite unbearable pain, you are interrogated – including in your cell – for dozens of hours without […]

The Meaning of Chernobyl

It began as a grey and muddy spring day, like so many others in my homeland. It ended in dread and mourning. Of course, none of us knew the precise moment when catastrophe struck at Chernobyl 25 years ago. Back then, we lived under a system that denied ordinary people any right whatsoever to know […]

Ukrainian Democracy: A Fait Accompli?

This year’s Ukrainian presidential elections could go down as a milestone in the history of democracy in former Soviet Union. What is apparent even now is the paradigm shift that has taken place in Ukrainian politics. The heroes of the 2005 Orange Revolution – former president Viktor Yushchenko and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko – […]

Ukraine’s Dilemma

Ukraine’s Dilemma

On Jul. 8, Austrian President Heinz Fischer was playing host to Ukrainian President  Victor Yushchenko, who was seeking to enhance the political viability of his country abroad. Whilst he sought support for plans to join the European Union and NATO, at home his Prime Minister Julia Timoshenko was evidently frying different fish. Fischer, in return […]

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