She isconvinced that the persecution faced by her and her friends in theopposition is only a small part of the overall strategy pursued bythe ruling party in Ukraine. "But the main problem is that Ukraineand other former Soviet states are going back to dictatorship. Ithink that requires decisive actions of the democratic world tocombat this trend. Ruthless struggle against corruption could bethe beginning of the end for these neo dictators flourishing in theyoung and fragile democracies," she said.
YuliaTymoshenko believes that the results of her party in the recentparliamentary elections are very good "for the country wheredemocratic institutions are suppressed." "A quick look at what ishappening in our neighboring countries gives us hope," she says."In Belarus, the opposition is completely removed from theelection. Opposition in Russia can play only a limited role. InUkraine 70% of the electorate voted against the regime. And it isthe official result recorded after the fraud by the authorities!"said Tymoshenko.
"Orangerevolution was a key moment in the recent history of independentUkraine, Yulia Tymoshenko says. "It identified the youngpost-Soviet Ukraine as a country with a population that sharesEuropean values, identity and culture. We still have a long way togo, but the orange revolution set a vector, leading to Europe forme and my fellow citizens."
YuliaTymoshenko considers "an honor and a great responsibility" the factthat she was nominated a single opposition candidate in thepresidential election of 2015. "Of course, there remain seriousobstacles. My intentions are clear and transparent. Example of this- no mention of corruption or personal enrichment in the chargesbrought against me. I was condemned for having done everythingpossible for Ukrainians not to feel betrayed by politicians, forUkraine to be prosperous, democratic, united and proud state. Ihope the ECHR, which will soon rule on the legality of my process,will make it possible for me to be judged not by judges who soldout to the regime but by the people, who should be able to expresstheir views on the policies pursued by me and my party in free andfair elections. Due to international pressure, the support of theUkrainian diaspora and active democratic forces in our country thegovernment failed to destroy me politically. I'm stillalive!"