Feedback
News
Ukraine Crisis

Ukrainian Parliament Votes to Free Jailed Opposition Figure

The Ukrainian parliament has voted to to allow the release of jailed opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko.

Tymoshenko is the leader of Ukraine’s largest opposition political party, “Fatherland.” A heroine of the 2004 Orange Revolution, she was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2011 for abuse of power. Her supporters say the charges were trumped up by her arch rival, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

She had just released a statement from prison on Thursday saying that President Viktor Yanukovych had “crossed the line of law” and urged opposition leaders not to hold talks with him.