Oleksandr Tymoshenko: opposition must learn to coordinate its actions

14:11, 25 January 2013
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Oleksandr Tymoshenko, husband of imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, says the failure by the opposition to pass a law decriminalizing the Criminal Code shows a "basic inability to organize its actions", according to an Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"Twenty-four parliamentarians simple weren't there to vote on such an important issue. And opposition deputies vote themselves and don’t give their cards to anyone else to vote for them. For example, Serhiy Sobolev – a loyal ally of my wife who did a lot for PACE to learn the truth about her case - was in Strasbourg on the day of the vote and didn’t vote, but this doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want to see Yulia free. Of course these 'buts' made my wife’s release a more distant reality. But I’m sure it’s not for long. I think the deputies will learn a lesson from this," Oleksandr Tymoshenko said in an interview with Focus magazine.

Yulia Tymoshenko’s husband also believes his daughter, Eugenia, should have run for parliament. "I think my daughter, Eugenia, should have entered politics and become a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada. She has her mother’s characters and the spirit of a fighter. She’s a solid fighter. I think she would make a good politician. She wouldn’t hide from difficulties behind someone else’s back," Oleksandr Tymoshenko stressed.

According to him, despite his forced emigration, he speaks with his relatives often. "I speak with Yulia Tymoshenko whenever she’s allowed to use the phone. I speak with all my relatives very often. We miss one another incredibly. Communication with partners and friends has remained the same. I contact leaders of the opposition, deputies and public figures," said Oleksandr Tymoshenko.

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