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 Tymoshenko Once Again Demonstrated that Prison Cannot Break Her, Concludes Political Expert

Political scientist and director of the Situation Modeling Agency Vitalii Bala believes that if we talk about civil disobedience declared by Yulia Tymoshenko, one can only admire the courage and fortitude demonstrated by the leader of the Ukrainian opposition.


Censor.NET reports that in his opinion, it should be understood that any inappropriate actions toward Tymoshenko will result in resistance.

"The act of disobedience on the part of Tymoshenko is the only way that allows her to stand up for her dignity, honor, and show that no matter where the person is he shall have his own principles, views, and they need to be defended in any situation," said the analyst.

In his turn, political scientist and director of the International Institute for Democracy Serhii Taran said that from the point of view of the current status of a political prisoner, this is one of the few options to remain a public politician for Yulia Tymoshenko.

"The politician in parliament can write laws, the official can carry out reforms, but if a politician is in prison, he resorts to the methods that Tymoshenko did," said the analyst.

According to Taran, it is important to understand that the action of civil disobedience by Tymoshenko is designed not only for the Ukrainian but also for international audience. Taran said that for the Ukrainian audience Tymoshenko's actions give a positive signal that the leader of the opposition cannot be broken even in prison.

At the same time, Taran expressed concern regarding the fact that this protest may affect Ukraine's signing the association agreement with the European Union. "Ukraine needs to sign the association agreement, and I think that this is a case where the opposition must sign this agreement at any cost, and then talk about the practical implementation of the guarantees and rights of the opposition in Ukraine," said the analyst.

At the same time, Vladimir Fesenko, director of the Penta Center of Political Analysis stressed that "actually Yulia Tymoshenko transferred the problem from procedural field which is dealt by the Penitentiary System into political one."

"Tymoshenko's action were supported by opposition deputies who are now in Kharkov meeting with the management of Kachanovskaia colony. This is a great political resonance. This is the first major consequence of civil disobedience by Tymoshenko," said Fesenko.

"Second, the is European Union shows active interest in the matter and a decision of the European Court in the case of Yulia Tymoshenko is imminent. I do not rule out that it is also an attempt to bring the issue to the international level," said the analyst.

"Strong critical statements of the West are possible on the subject, which is also a very important consequence of civil disobedience declared by Yulia Tymoshenko," concluded Fesenko.

Oleksii Haran, a political scientist, Director of the Center for National Security Studies and the School of Political Analysis at NaUKMA believes that Yanukovych regime is in a complicated situation because after the elections the government planned to unblock the relationship with the European Union and say "Look. Everything's fine." But, alas, the government could not hide any administrative pressure or fraud, and they managed to further damage relations with the EU.

"The problem of Yulia Tymoshenko is the tip of the iceberg of the power and corruption pyramid that is being built by Yanukovych (concentration of everything in the hands of the Family, placement of his own dedicated staff in the security agencies of the country.) Therefore this act of civil disobedience by Tymoshenko which she declared, once again attracts the international community to the negative trends taking place in the country," said the analyst.

Haran also noted that the regime realizes it and is trying to discredit opponents and political prisoners, who attract the attention of the West to the processes taking place in Ukraine.

 
 
 
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