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Daughter of ex-Ukrainian PM denied visit

Jan. 3, 2012 at 7:23 PM

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Eugenia Tymoshenko, daughter of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has been denied visitation to her mother in the 54th penitentiary.

Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison Oct. 11 for abuse of office in the 2009 signing of Russian gas contracts. She was also fined $200 million.

Prior to the New Year, Tymoshenko was transferred from the Kiev detention ward to the 54th penitentiary, and Eugenia, who is also acting as her defense, was not informed of the move.

"I am unaware of the condition of my mother and the terms of her custody. I was unable to congratulate her on the New Year and ask how she was doing. This situation is absolutely outrageous and illegal," Eugenia told ITAR-Tass.

Attorney Sergei Vlasenko, who is helping appeal the transfer, says Tymoshenko was transferred to isolate her from family and the media.

Tymoshenko's health is suffering in prison, where she is not given medical attention other than analgesic injections that cause bleeding under the skin, Vlasenko said.

He insisted on blood tests and intends to convey the information to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture.

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