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KIEV, February 13 (Itar-Tass) — Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s examination by an international commission of doctors will begin on Tuesday, February 14, press secretary of the Prosecutor General’s Office Margarita Velkova supposed in an interview with Itar-Tass on Monday. According to her, “Doctors from Germany and Canada are now in Kiev. During the day, a meeting with their Ukrainian counterparts will be held, where they will work out a plan for joint work on assessing Tymoshenko’s health condition.” The commission will most likely go to the Kachanovskaya colony in Kharkov tonight or on Tuesday morning, Velkova said.
The ex-prime minister will be examined by two doctors from Germany - a neurologist and an expert who specializes in problems of the musculoskeletal system. From the Canadian side – by a cardiologist, internist and a diagnostics specialist. Ukraine’s media reported on Monday that earlier it was planned to invite physicians through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), but this proposal was rejected by the ICRC representatives, who considered that their presence would be “redundant.”
The Kiev newspaper Segodnya (Today) wrote on Monday that “Yulia Tymoshenko’s clinical history is becoming more like a Mexican TV series: you can safely skip a dozen episodes and not miss anything.” The newspaper recalls that Tymoshenko was taken ill on August 18, two weeks after her arrest. According to her lawyers, she “did not get out of bed for about four months.” Local doctors believe that Tymoshenko has an intervertebral disc herniation. The Kachanovskaya colony inmate herself does not trust the Ukrainian doctors and refuses their help.Tymoshenko was been sentenced to seven years in prison for exceeding her power as prime minister by signing gas agreements with Russia in January 2009. She is serving her sentence in the Kachanovskaya colony. On January 26, Tymoshenko’s lawyers filed a cassational appeal against the “gas case” verdict.
Monday is an fateful day in Tymoshenko’s biography -11 years ago, on February 13, 2001 she was arrested on a warrant of the Prosecutor General’s Office for “giving a bribe” and was held in a detention facility for 42 days. She was released by a decision of the Pechersk District Court.