Congresswoman Kaptur Meets with Former Prime Minister Tymoshenko’s Daughter
WASHINGTON, DC Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (Ohio 9), co chair of the bipartisan Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, met with Eugenia Tymoshenko, the daughter of the former prime minister of Ukraine after she testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing last Thursday on the politically motivated persecution of her mother, Yulia Tymoshenko.
Kaptur and Eugenia Tymoshenko spoke at length about the former prime minister’s detention, appeal, and concerns over her health and safety. 435, condemning Yulia Tymoshenko’s politically charged prosecution by the new Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s government. Yulia Tymoshenko had lost the presidential election to Yanukovych just a few months before she was imprisoned.
“The international community sees this trial against former Prime Minister Tymoshenko as a selective prosecution, brought on for political reasons,” said Kaptur.
In November 2011, reports emerged that Yulia Tymoshenko was in very poor health in jail. “The physical well being of the former prime minister has become a serious concern,” Kaptur said. “Several Western Ambassadors have been denied access to her, and she is even being denied access to a personal physician. She must be guaranteed access to adequate medical care.”