Ukraine's Opposition Leader Tymoshenko Wants Foreign Pressure on President
Ukraine's opposition leader accused the West of turning a blind eye to what she called the "harsh force" of authoritarianism in the former Soviet republic.
Yulia Tymoshenko, heroine of Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution, said President Viktor Yanukovych is squeezing her party, clamping down on the media and eroding the "democratic foothold" the country represents in a region of strongman rulers.
"People in Ukraine … are horrified when Western leaders say they are very pleased that there is stability in Ukraine," she said during a three-hour interview Monday. "Every time they come here, Yanukovych's image is cleaned up, and people begin to get confused and start thinking that [his] values … are those of the liberal democratic world."
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