Wednesday 12 October 2011
Tymoshenko supporters protest at jail sentence
Ukrainian ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko
Reuters/Gleb Garanich
By Jan van der Made

Hundreds of supporters of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko rallied in central Kiev yesterday in a tense standoff with security forces after a Ukraine court convicted her of abuse of power. A Ukrainian judge sentenced the opposition leader to seven years in jail for abusing her powers in a 2009 gas deal with Russia, a verdict that is set to harm ties with the European Union. The verdict has sparked strong international reactions.

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