Photos: Julia Tymoshenko at her trial in Kyiv, Ukraine (Wikipedia photo), and Vera Flyat at a "Know Your Rights" meeting in a rural village outside of Starobelsk, with an educational booklet created with funding from a Peace Corps Small Project Assistance (SPA) grant and later a democracy grant from the US Embassy to continue the project and expand outreach.
I am usually hesitant to address hot political issues in Ukraine, but the trial and sentencing of former prime minister Julia Tymoshenko is so blatantly politically motivated that it’s hard not to speak out.
Closer to the heart of Ukraine, my former counterpart in Starobelsk, Vera Flyat, director of the human rights NGO Victoria, shared her disappointment with me but says it was not an unexpected decision given the rotten political climate in the country now. Another election is around the corner, she said, and the current president, Victor Yanukovitch, wants Tymoshenko out of the way. “This recent action shows there is no justice