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Wiley Rein Client Yulia Tymoshenko Released from Prison Amid Protests in Ukraine

February 25, 2014

Washington, DC — Wiley Rein client Yulia Tymoshenko—the former Ukrainian Prime Minister—was released from prison this past weekend amid the protests and uprising in Ukraine.  Jim Slattery, who chairs Wiley Rein’s Public Policy Group, has worked for Ms. Tymoshenko’s release since 2011.  Mr. Slattery has represented Oleksander Tymoshenko, the husband of Ms. Tymoshenko, since 2011.

Ms. Tymoshenko, who served as Ukraine’s prime minister in 2005 and again from 2007 until 2010, was serving a seven-year prison sentence following her 2011 trial convened by her political rivals.  She was released from her hospital jail in Kharkiv on Saturday amid protests in Kiev that forced Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to flee the capital.  Mr. Slattery sought to persuade President Yanukovych to release Ms. Tymoshenko to obtain the medical treatment that she requires while simultaneously commuting her sentence. 

“The release of former Prime Minister Tymoshenko is welcome news to all those who support an independent, free, and democratic Ukraine,” former six-term U.S. congressman Mr. Slattery said.  “Additionally, Ms. Tymoshenko will get the necessary medical treatment she desperately needs.”

In December 2012, an independent report commissioned by the Ukrainian government found serious violations during Ms. Tymoshenko’s trial.  Those violations, the report concluded, would likely not meet the standards of the American court system.

Wiley Rein’s Public Policy Group provides clients with technical advice and high-level advocacy, drawing on the legal resources of the entire firm.  With more than 275 lawyers available to assist our efforts, the Public Policy Group is an industry-leading advocate for trade associations, start-ups, publicly traded companies, and small and large businesses that operate in the areas of telecommunications, health care, energy, transportation, and international trade.  The Group has worked closely with members of Congress in both parties, members of the Executive branch, and federal regulators.