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 Tymoshenko: Regime Failed to Destroy Me. I'm Still Alive!

Yulia Tymoshenko, as a result of international pressure transferred to the hospital, responded to questions from Le Temps.

She is convinced that the persecution faced by her and her friends in the opposition is only a small part of the overall strategy pursued by the ruling party in Ukraine. "But the main problem is that Ukraine and other former Soviet states are going back to dictatorship. I think that requires decisive actions of the democratic world to combat this trend. Ruthless struggle against corruption could be the beginning of the end for these neo dictators flourishing in the young and fragile democracies," she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko believes that the results of her party in the recent parliamentary elections are very good "for the country where democratic institutions are suppressed." "A quick look at what is happening in our neighboring countries gives us hope," she says. "In Belarus, the opposition is completely removed from the election. Opposition in Russia can play only a limited role. In Ukraine 70% of the electorate voted against the regime. And it is the official result recorded after the fraud by the authorities!" said Tymoshenko.

"Orange revolution was a key moment in the recent history of independent Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko says. "It identified the young post-Soviet Ukraine as a country with a population that shares European values, identity and culture. We still have a long way to go, but the orange revolution set a vector, leading to Europe for me and my fellow citizens."

Yulia Tymoshenko considers "an honor and a great responsibility" the fact that she was nominated a single opposition candidate in the presidential election of 2015. "Of course, there remain serious obstacles. My intentions are clear and transparent. Example of this - no mention of corruption or personal enrichment in the charges brought against me. I was condemned for having done everything possible for Ukrainians not to feel betrayed by politicians, for Ukraine to be prosperous, democratic, united and proud state. I hope 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 sold out to the regime but by the people, who should be able to express their views on the policies pursued by me and my party in free and fair elections. Due to international pressure, the support of the Ukrainian diaspora and active democratic forces in our country the government failed to destroy me politically. I'm still alive!"

 
 
 
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