KIEV, January 10 (Itar-Tass) —— Ex-Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, who is serving time at the Kharkov penitentiary, has been examined at a clinic. She does not need additional therapy, the Ukrainian State Penitentiary Service said on Tuesday.
The service said that Timoshenko had a medical checkup on January 7. “She felt unwell in the evening of January 6 and asked her cell mate to call for the penitentiary doctors. She was given first aid four minutes after. On the same day the penitentiary administration asked the Health Ministry and the main healthcare department of the Kharkov regional administration for forming a commission, which would examine Timoshenko,” the service said.
It also said that Timoshenko had a medical checkup at a Kharkov clinic, including tomography tests and blood tests, on January 7. “The results of the checkup confirmed preliminary conclusions of the commission. Timoshenko has no ailments requiring additional therapy. Her current condition is satisfactory; she stays under permanent medical control,” the service said.
First deputy head of the Batkivshchyna Party Alexander Turchinov said earlier in the day that Timoshenko lost consciousness for about two hours on January 6 after she had been given a cold and flu drug.
Heads of the Ukrainian State Penitentiary Service will visit the Verkhovna Rada on January 11 to make a report on the Timoshenko health.
The decision was made at a conciliatory meeting of heads of parliamentary groups and factions on Tuesday, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Vladimir Litvin said.
The Kiev Pechersky District Court sentenced Timoshenko on October 11, 2011, to seven years in prison for exceeding her authority in the signing of the gas contracts with Russia in 2009. She was also compelled to pay 1.51 billion hryvni (almost $200 million) to Neftegaz Ukrainy. The Kiev Appeals Court upheld the ruling of the Kiev Pechersky Court on December 23.
Timoshenko was transferred to the 54th penitentiary in Kharkov shortly before the New Year.
Timoshenko was also charged with writing off the debt of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine private corporation to the Russian Defense Ministry worth $405,500,000 to the state budget of Ukraine, while being the corporation president, under conspiracy with other former Prime Minister Pavel Lazarenko. Timoshenko chaired the corporation in 1995-1997. She said in June 2011 that there were no debts to the Russian Defense Ministry.
On November 11 the Ukrainian State Tax Service charged ex-CEO of the Unified Energy Systems of Ukraine Corporation Timoshenko with concealing $165 million revenues, embezzling public funds and dodging over 47 million hryvni (about $6 million) in taxes.
The Timoshenko case caused harsh comments from Europe.