Pechersk district court has recognized former Prime minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko guilty in abusing of power while signing gas contracts with Russia in 2009 and sentenced her to seven years of imprisonment.

During the verdict announcement, supporters and opponents of Yulia Tymoshenko gathered near the court. There were also 10 buses with police officers, parked on every street around the court.

By the court decision MPs were allowed in the courtroom for verdict reading, but BYuT deputies tried to fight through the guards and to get to the courtroom, but failed.

Supporters of Yuia Tymoshenko blocked the traffic near the Pechersk court. Police forces were trying to move the protesters, but things got ugly, ForUm correspondent reported.

Some people fell down, some were arrested and put in custody, and others started to swing the police buses. Police forces used tear-gas to stop the protesters.

Later on the police forces managed to move the protesters to the sidewalk and restart the traffic.


In an interview with ForUm the political scientists Oleksandr Paliy said he believes that the case has not finished today with the verdict announcement.

"The country will not be able to stand international isolation. The economic crisis and need in IMF credits, as well as affairs with the West do not allow to put an end to the case," he said. Paliy also expressed an opinion that Yulia Tymoshenko would participate in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

No one can deprive Yulia Tymoshenko of the right to appeal the verdict, Ukrainian human rights activist Eduard Bagirov told ForUm.

"Yulia Tymoshenko, as any other citizen of Ukraine, has a right for appeal, and I believe her lawyers will use this right, including an appeal to the European court on human rights. I think a period will be put to this case somewhere next year, probably March," Bagirov said. 

Ukrainian authorities will have to answer some questions regarding Yulia Tymoshenko's case, director of the Ukrainian politics Institute Kost Bondarenko told ForUm.

According to him, Tymoshenko will keep influencing Ukrainian domestic and foreign policy for some time. "The authorities will have to answer to Russia and Europe; opposition will try to decriminalize the article, according to which Tymoshenko was sentenced; her lawyers will appeal to international courts. And even if the verdict comes into force, journalists will go to the prison and shoot reports about Tymoshenko. Hence, for some time she still will have influence on information space," Bondarenko summed up. 

Speaker of the Ukraine's parliament Volodymyr Lytvyn says the conviction of Yulia Tymoshenko is "unexpectedly expected result". "I was informed that the judge convicted Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison and bound her to compensation of 1.5 milliard hryvnias. It is an unexpectedly expected result. Everybody was talking about it, and today it has happened," Lyvyn said.

The speaker reminded that the draft bill on decriminalization of economic crimes had been registered in the parliament, and further events depend on what understanding the parliamentary factions will come to.

Lytvyn refused to comment on the verdict, but noted that "the next parliamentary week will be hot."


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