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Tymoshenko: A Year In Jail

August 5 marks the first anniversary of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's jailing on charges of abuse of office, before she was officially sentenced to seven years in prison in October 2011. International outrage over her jailing and harsh treatment has also increased tension between Ukraine and the European Union.

In May 2011, Tymoshenko was charged with abuse of office over a natural-gas-import contract signed with Russia in January 2009. Her trial opened on June 24, 2011.
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In May 2011, Tymoshenko was charged with abuse of office over a natural-gas-import contract signed with Russia in January 2009. Her trial opened on June 24, 2011.

Tymoshenko talks to the press shortly before her arrest in Kyiv on August 5, 2011.
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Tymoshenko talks to the press shortly before her arrest in Kyiv on August 5, 2011.

Tymoshenko appears inside the courtroom in Kyiv on August 10, 2011.
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Tymoshenko appears inside the courtroom in Kyiv on August 10, 2011.

Tymoshenko supporters protest outside the Pecherskiy District Court in Kyiv on August 8, 2011.
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Tymoshenko supporters protest outside the Pecherskiy District Court in Kyiv on August 8, 2011.

A police officer tries to calm Tymoshenko as she reacts to the court's verdict on October 11, 2011.
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A police officer tries to calm Tymoshenko as she reacts to the court's verdict on October 11, 2011.

Yulia Tymoshenko is comforted by her daughter Yevhenia in after the verdict is read. Yevhenia has been advocating for her mother's release from prison.
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Yulia Tymoshenko is comforted by her daughter Yevhenia in after the verdict is read. Yevhenia has been advocating for her mother's release from prison.

Marking Tymoshenko's 51st birthday, a supporter holds her portrait during a rally in front of a Kyiv prison on November 27, 2011.
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Marking Tymoshenko's 51st birthday, a supporter holds her portrait during a rally in front of a Kyiv prison on November 27, 2011.

Tymoshenko peeks through a prison window in Kyiv on November 4, 2011.
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Tymoshenko peeks through a prison window in Kyiv on November 4, 2011.

Undated footage released to Reuters TV caused outrage in Ukraine in December, after Tymoshenko protested over being filmed against her will.
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Undated footage released to Reuters TV caused outrage in Ukraine in December, after Tymoshenko protested over being filmed against her will.

Tymoshenko supporters carry a huge poster featuring her during a rally of the opposition in Kyiv on April 27, 2012.
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Tymoshenko supporters carry a huge poster featuring her during a rally of the opposition in Kyiv on April 27, 2012.

Tymoshenko shows bruises on her abdomen, which she says she received after "three strong men" threw a sheet over her and punched her in the stomach.
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Tymoshenko shows bruises on her abdomen, which she says she received after "three strong men" threw a sheet over her and punched her in the stomach.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite visits Tymoshenko in a hospital in Kharkiv on May 11, 2012.
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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite visits Tymoshenko in a hospital in Kharkiv on May 11, 2012.

On May 30, 2012, more than 100 people gathered in a tent camp in Kyiv to mark 300 days since Tymoshenko was taken into custody.
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On May 30, 2012, more than 100 people gathered in a tent camp in Kyiv to mark 300 days since Tymoshenko was taken into custody.

Several European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, boycotted the Euro 2012 soccer championship as a result of Tymoshenko's jailing.
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Several European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, boycotted the Euro 2012 soccer championship as a result of Tymoshenko's jailing.

A portrait of Tymoshenko is placed in front of the portraits of Hitler, Stalin, Belarus's Alyaksandr Lukashenka, and President Viktor Yanukovych in a camp of Tymoshenko supporters in Kyiv.
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A portrait of Tymoshenko is placed in front of the portraits of Hitler, Stalin, Belarus's Alyaksandr Lukashenka, and President Viktor Yanukovych in a camp of Tymoshenko supporters in Kyiv.

A sign showing Tymoshenko with the words "Freedom to Ukraine," outside the prison where she is being held in Kharkiv.
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A sign showing Tymoshenko with the words "Freedom to Ukraine," outside the prison where she is being held in Kharkiv.

European Parliament Members Rebecca Harms (left) and Werner Schulz speak with the media in front of the hospital where Tymoshenko was being treated on June 14, 2012.
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European Parliament Members Rebecca Harms (left) and Werner Schulz speak with the media in front of the hospital where Tymoshenko was being treated on June 14, 2012.

Supporters rally in support of Tymoshenko in Kyiv on July 12, 2012.
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Supporters rally in support of Tymoshenko in Kyiv on July 12, 2012.

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