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Ukraine's Tymoshenko Accused Of 'High Treason'

March 20, 2012

A majority in the Ukrainian parliament has voted to accuse jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of committing "high treason" during negotiations on a 2009 gas contract with Russia.

Tymoshenko is currently serving a seven-year prison term on charges she abused her office during those negotiations, which resulted in an increase in the price Ukraine paid for Russian gas imports.

Lawmakers voted to endorse a parliamentary investigation claiming that Tymoshenko's actions "bear signs of high treason."

The report alleges that Tymoshenko acted "in favor of a foreign state" because her private company allegedly owed Russia's Defense Ministry more than $400 million and she possibly faced criminal prosecution.

Tymoshenko's office dismissed the accusations as "complete rubbish."

The European Union and the United States have condemned Tymoshenko's prosecution as politically motivated.

With ITAR-TASS and AP reports


Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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