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Tymoshenko's Health Failing In Prison, Daughter Says

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November 11, 2011
Yevhenia Carr, the daughter of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, tells RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service in Kyiv that she is afraid for her mother's life.

Yevhenia Carr, the daughter of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, tells RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service in Kyiv that she is afraid for her mother's life.

WATCH: Yevhenia Carr, the daughter of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, tells RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service in Kyiv that she is afraid for her mother's life. 

KYIV -- The daughter of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko says her mother has fallen seriously ill in prison and is confined to her bed as prosecutors interrogate her on fresh charges, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

Yevhenia Carr, Tymoshenko's 31-year-old daughter, said in an interview with RFE/RL that she feared her mother's life is in danger. She added that the authorities continued to refuse to allow Tymoshenko to be examined by her personal physician.

"At the moment my mother is in a very critical state; she is kept in a cell, she cannot get up from the prison bed," Carr said.

"And for the first time in the history of imprisonment, in criminal history, or [in the history] of the prisons of Ukraine, the investigation is carried out in a cell when the person is lying on a prison bed and cannot move."

Carr said she last saw her mother on November 4, shortly before her attorney, Serhiy Vlasenko, and the Penitentiary Service reported a worsening of the former prime minister's health.

The service announced the next day that during her morning walk, Tymoshenko injured her back "due to her own negligence," but did not elaborate.

Denies All Charges

Ukrainian prosecutors on November 11 charged Tymoshenko with tax evasion, theft, and concealing foreign-currency revenues. The charges stem from her tenure in the 1990s as head of the gas-trading firm United Energy Systems of Ukraine.

Tymoshenko is currently serving a seven-year sentence after being convicted on October 11 of abusing her powers as prime minister in connection with a 2009 gas-supply deal between the Ukrainian state energy company, Naftogaz, and Russia's Gazprom.

The former premier's lawyers say they expect a preliminary hearing in her appeal of that conviction to take place on December 13.

Tymoshenko has denied the charges against her and described them as part of a vendetta waged by President Viktor Yanukovych, who narrowly defeated Tymoshenko in the 2010 presidential election.

Serhiy Vlasenko, a lawyer for Tymoshenko, dismissed the new charges as baseless.

"Europe and all civilized countries are following this case. And in these circumstances, they are carrying out torture," he said. "I cannot call it an investigation, because this is not an investigation. These are actions aimed at destroying a person."

The European Union has warned Ukraine that free-trade and political-association agreements with the bloc are in danger if Tymoshenko remains in jail.

Health Concerns

Carr, who is married to the British rock singer Sean Carr, accused Yanukovych and "his team and judges and courts and prosecutors" of trying to "resurrect old cases that have no legal basis or proof" in order to persecute her mother.

"Now we can characterize this as torture on a person who is innocent, whose guilt has not been proven, and who is thrown into prison because of political reasons," she added. "So we as a family are very worried for the state of her health and the state of health of other political prisoners."

The exact nature of Tymoshenko's illness is unclear. According to her lawyers, she has suffered from health problems in the three months since her arrest. They say Tymoshenko had asked investigators not to interrogate her over the latest charges because of back pain that has left her unable to walk.

In August, she appeared in court with unexplained bruises and a pale complexion and requested to be examined by her personal physician -- a request that was denied by prison authorities.

At the time, the European Union expressed concern and called on the Ukrainian authorities to "ensure a timely and independent medical examination and professional medical care."
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by: Unknown from: London
November 11, 2011 21:40
Tymoshenko's Game Over... Your mother probably wasn't investigated during her time as a prime minister because of the position she held. now that she deosnt hold that position anymore things are getting to come out...you as her daughter won't understand..
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by: Don Duff from: USA
November 13, 2011 23:10
I suppose that it is merely a coincidence that 20 some other members of Mrs. Tymoshenko's party have also been imprisoned. This can readily be recognized as a deliberate political persecution and until Yulia and her supporters are released, Ukraine has no right to be considered a civilized nation.
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by: guest1
November 15, 2011 17:41
Hey, has anyone seen Yanuk's mansion with indoor/outdoor pools and tennis courts, etc.? When will these things 'come out' about his shaddy business dealings over the years?

by: Koos Nolst Trenite from: Europe
November 12, 2011 11:21
The SOURCE of the Evil is Vladimir Putin - he teaches his co-Criminal Minds (they ENJOY being Evil) "how to 'handle,' how to deal with good and decent, responsibly caring people."

ALL Criminal Minds are OPPOSED to all normal people, no matter what they say to the very contrary.
Once you have found out, that someone IS a Criminal Mind, his behavior becomes predictable for you.

According to 'Natural First International Law,' (q.v.) Criminal Minds have NO RIGHT to lead ANY people, and must be removed instantly from any such position.

This idea (the natural law) seems now to have reached at least some Caring Minds.

Koos Nolst Trenite - human rights philosopher and poet

by: MIKE from: USA
November 16, 2011 20:06
She is innocent of crime and this is 100% political. The trail leads to Putin. About her present health and the 'official' explanation, is she also the victim of terror?

by: Eric from: USA
November 24, 2011 01:28
There are suspicions that Tymoshenko is being poisoned in jail. This would not be surprising at all since it has happened before in Ukraine and Russia, and poisoning seems to be one of the main methods that pro-Kremlin operatives use to get rid of their rivals.

Even if Tymoshenko did some shady business deals (like Khodorkovsky in Russia), Yanukovych is a much more serious criminal because he rigged the 2004 election. This has been PROVEN, yet he was never criminally punished for it (just overthrown in the Orange Revolution). He never should have had a second chance in politics. Yushchenko, the former Orange Revolution leader and poisoning victim, betrayed Ukraine when he savagely turned against Tymoshenko after she proved to be more popular and successful than he was. Now, both Yanukovych and Yushchenko are taking revenge against Tymoshenko in this sham criminal case against her.

The EU should impose a 25 year penalty against Ukraine (i.e. Ukraine must wait at least 25 years before even being considered for EU membership) even if Tymoshenko is released immediately. She has already suffered irreparable harm. If she is not released by December 31, increase the penalty to 50 years. And if she dies in prison, make the penalty eternal: No EU membership for Ukraine, EVER. Democracy in Ukraine is at death's door, as Tymoshenko herself may soon be.

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