Video of Ukraine's Tymoshenko in prison bed causes outrage
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||15 December 2011|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Video of Ukraine's Tymoshenko in prison bed causes outrage, 15 December 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f1431b3c.html [accessed 2 March 2015]|
December 15, 2011
A political scandal has broken out in Ukraine over a video showing jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko angrily protesting over being filmed against her will while lying in her prison bed.
The video clip, which was aired on a Ukrainian TV channel, showed the former prime minister waving her arms in anger at a man in a room in the prison's medical wing.
The video clip was one of two aired on TV with the apparent aim of showing that 51-year-old Tymoshenko was being well treated and living in good conditions.
The case of Tymoshenko, a charismatic politician who was sentenced last October to seven years in jail for abuse of office, has caused a crisis in Ukraine's relations with the West. Serhiy Vlasenko, Tymoshenko's lawyer, denounced the filming.