According to Rueters:

A Ukrainian court on Tuesday sentenced former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for abuse of office in relation to a 2009 gas deal with Russia that she brokered, a case regarded widely in the West as politically orchestrated.Source: www.reuters.com

This sentence isn’t just farce, it is a blatant abuse of power by the currently ruling party of Viktor Yanukovich. It isn’t that Yulia Tymoshenko is innocent of the charges, in fact she has done so many things that have devastated Ukraine that she should in fact be put to death, but the appalling fact of this sentence is the fact that Viktor Yanukovich has done substantially worse things to Ukraine that Tymoshenko. 

To protest this blatant act of abuse of power, FEMEN have chained themselves to the central mall in Kiev’s downtown district. After being chained to the sign for a short period of time, Ukraine’s police force arrested the activists who are now, once again, about to face their own trial.

FEMEN’s chief complaint about this isn’t so much that Tymoshenko is innocent, there is no question of her guilt. Their complaint is that Yanukovich has created a distinct rift in the country, which if not quelled could eventually lead to civil war, or at the very least serious civil strife. This act does nothing for the people of the country, it only solidifies Yanukovich’s reign. However, as already mentioned, Yanukovich is a substantially worse crook than Tymoshenko, making this entire situation a joke on the people of Ukraine.

While there is no doubt that most westerners know little about Ukraine, or worse off they could care less whats going on there, but you must understand that this act will have its repercussions throughout Europe and eventually within the USA. Allowing such an oligarch to commit such acts within a country with complete impunity simply solidifies others like him. Yanukovich should be removed from power, or this mentality will spread throughout the world. By arresting your chief political opponent you definitely win the election, but you should be shot for committing such a heinous act.

 

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