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Ukrainian court refuses to let Yulia Tymoshenko free

It is pretty scary to see how Russia and other former Soviet countries use their justice system to silence political opponents.

As AP reported:

In Washington on Monday, U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner urged Ukraine's government to review Tymoshenko's arrest and consider releasing her. "Her arrest raises questions about the application of the rule of law in Ukraine, and continues to contribute to the appearance of politically motivated prosecutions by the government," said Toner.


Riot police detain supporters of Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko during a rally in Tymoshenko's support outside a court building in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 8. A Ukrainian court on Monday rejected lawyers' requests to free Tymoshenko from jail during her abuse of office trial, a case the West has condemned as selective justice.


Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (C) attends a court hearing at the Pecherskiy District Court in Kiev August 8. A judge on Monday refused to release former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from police detention, increasing political tension around her trial on a charge of abuse of office.