Yulia Tymoshenko says she and members of her team are being followed by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

"The SBU has been instructed to throw me in jail by April 2011…An unknown car is also following me. Its license plate number isn’t officially registered. I’m convinced that our mobile phone conversations are also being listened to," she said in an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, BYuT press office reported.

Yulia Tymoshenko underscored that Viktor Yanukovych’s team won’t succeed in intimidating her. "I can fight my fear. I will remain in Ukraine and won’t escape to anywhere," she said, adding that, "I am Orthodox, my family is also Orthodox. I believe in God, I believe in my country, and I believe that we can change something."

Yulia Tymoshenko spoke about the political repression of members of her team by the Yanukovych government.

"In the Crimea alone they have filed 15 cases against members of our party; in the Luhansk oblast – 17. They are also pressuring mayors to join the Party of Regions. In Kamyanets-Podilsky they forced the mayor to leave our party. He was told: if you drop out of the party, we’ll leave you alone. That’s what he did, but he also announced he’s running in the elections and they immediately opened a case against him."

Yulia Tymoshenko also recalled the cases against the former head of the customs service, Anatoliy Makarenko, and the former deputy head of Naftohaz of Ukraine, Ihor Didenko, who remain in custody.

"This was a blow to our party. Both of the detainees are members of our team. Both of them have been in jail for one hundred days – and this is a direct violation of the law."

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