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Timoshenko walks with help of cellmate in Kharkov penal colony

January 23, 2012, 22:33 UTC+3

Timoshenko also “refused to talk to the colony medical personnel”

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KIEV, January 23 (Itar-Tass) —— Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, who is serving her seven-year term in a penal colony outsider Kharkov for signing gas agreements with Russia, walks with the help of her cellmate, colony chief Ivan Pervushkin said.

“We know this from the video surveillance that is conducted in Timoshenko’s cell 24 hours a day,” he said on Monday, January 23.

Pervushkin said that Timoshenko has once again refused to undergo medical examination.

A commission of Ukrainian Health Ministry specialists consisting of a traumatologist, neurosurgeon, neurologist, and a physician has arrived at the colony. They visited Timoshenko in the cell and suggested that she undergo a medical examination and take tests, but she refused.

The commission arrived at the request of the colony administration following Timoshenko’s health complaints. It advised the colony’s medics to continue the course of treatment earlier prescribed to Timoshenko by Health Ministry specialists.

“Timoshenko has filed a written statement to the administration of Kachanivska Penal Colony No. 54, in which she refused to take the medicines prescribed to her by Ukrainian Health Ministry specialists,” the press service of the State Penitentiary Service said earlier.

Timoshenko also “refused to talk to the colony medical personnel”.

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office said it would be ready to arrange for the work of an international medical group to examine Timoshenko.

“In reply to an appeal from the ambassadors of the EU countries, the United States and international medical organisations, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine is ready, within its jurisdiction, to support the work of a joint medical group for an independent examination of Timoshenko,” the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office said earlier.

The Prosecutor General’s Office is ready to “provide for the participation of any medical specialist for both her examination and treatment if need be,” the press service said.

On October 11, 2011, Timoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison for having acted in excess of her powers which had resulted in damage to the national interests of the country.

Timoshenko has also been barred from holding public positions for three years and has to pay a penalty of 189 million U.S. dollars in damages to Naftogaz Ukrainy.

In late December 2011, Timoshenko was transferred from the investigation prison to a correctional facility in the eastern Kharkov region.

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