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Ukraine’s ex-PM Yulia Timoshenko stops her civil disobedience action

January 15, 2013, 17:25 UTC+3
The bulk of her demands have been met, the chief of the Kachanovskaya penal colony in Kharkov said
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KIEV, January 15 (Itar-Tass) — Ukrainian opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, who is now undergoing medical treatment at a Kharkov-based hospital, has stopped her personal protest action, Igor Kolpashchikov, the chief of the Kachanovskaya penal colony in Kharkov, where Timoshenko was kept prior to hospitalization, said on Tuesday.

“The bulk of Timoshenko’s demands have been met, she has ended her protest action,” Kolapshchikov said.

“Timoshenko is said to have agreed to resume treatment,” lawmaker Andrei Pavlovsky told reporters. He added however that lawmakers have not been allowed to inspect the conditions the opposition leader is being kept in the hospital.

On January 8, Timoshenko declared a personal civil disobedience action. In her open letter read out at a briefing by her lawyer, Timoshenko said she refused to speak to prosecutors and investigators. She also refuses to voluntarily appear in court which she dubbed “inquisitional”. Moreover, the ex-prime minister urged to stop searching her or her belongings and refused to return to her ward at the clinical hospital of Ukrainian Railways until surveillance cameras and guards were removed from there. Most of the time, she stayed in the hospital’s corridor and in the shower room.

Timoshenko is serving her seven-year term in the Kachanovskaya penal colony in Kharkov for office abuse while signing a gas agreement with Russia in 2009. Currently, she is undergoing medical treatment at the clinic of Ukrainian Railways in Kharkov.

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