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Timoshenko’s daughter says her mother continues her protest action

January 15, 2013, 20:48 UTC+3

On January 8, Timoshenko declared a personal civil disobedience action

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KHARKOV, 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 not yet stopped her personal civil disobedience action, since her demands have not been met, Timoshenko’s daughter, Yevgenia, said on Tuesday after visiting her mother at the Kharkov hospital.

According to Yevgenia, he mother has partially resumed therapy but is still staying in the hospital’s corridor, where she has to sleep in the sitting position. “It tells negatively on her back, which is aching more and more,” she said.

Thus, her statement contradicts the words of Igor Kolpashchikov, the chief of the Kachanovskaya penal colony in Kharkov, where Timoshenko was kept prior to hospitalization, who said on Tuesday that Timoshenko had stopped her protest action after “the bulk of her demands had been met.”

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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