Russia won a proxy victory in Ukraine today, after that country decided that it would delay a deal with the European Union and strengthen its ties with Russia, and that jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko (who was jailed on a variety of politically-motivated charges nearly three years ago) would stay in jail.
If you’re punching random people for fun, please don’t. Sincerely, everyone else.
Did Ms. Tymoshenko sign a bad deal for corrupt reasons in 2009? I’ve no idea. If she were given a genuine trial by an independent court we might find out, but from the charade that convicted her we found out only that there’s nothing worse than politics dressing twitchy officials in robes to masquerade as justice.National Post columnist George Jonas • Writing about the situation Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s former Prime Minister, has been facing in jail of late. Tymoshenko went to jail over an energy deal with Russia that went sour for Ukraine, and has been shown in not the best shape of late, currently on a hunger strike, injured from a recent attack by prison guards. Jonas suggests that, with this tale, Ukraine is starting to look like one of the world’s more corrupt nations: ”A country holding its own ex-prime minister for ransom is either a lingering effect of 70 years of communism or a breakthrough in the quest for rock bottom. Perhaps Ukraine is about to open a new chapter in the history of piracy and blackmail.”