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Legal News
8 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych [official website] on Wednesday signed into law a bill that makes Russian the official language in parts of former Soviet republic within the country. Opponents of the bill heavily criticized the move, condemning [Reuters report] the bill as a crime against the state. Politicians opposing … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday passed a language bill that would allow Russian to be spoken in official settings in particular regions of the country. The legislation, which would allow Russian in courts, education and other government institutions [AP report] in Russian-speaking regions of the country, has sparked public … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Ukrainian Parliament [official website] on Tuesday passed [press release] the first reading of a controversial bill that would allow Russian to be spoken in official settings in particular regions of the Ukraine. Opponents to the bill expressed concern [Reuters report] that the inclusion of Russian would divide the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
28 Oct 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Myroslaw Smorodsky of the Board of Governors of the Ukrainian American Bar Association says the sentencing of Yulia Tymoshenko was politically motivated and a tragic miscarriage of justice that will impact the credibility of Ukraine worldwide...Experienced trial lawyers worldwide realize that media reports of high profile cases … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Security Service of Ukraine [official website] on Thursday brought new corruption charges [press release] against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive], just days after she was sentenced [JURIST report] to seven years in prison on charges of abuse of power and corruption. Prosecutors allege … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] was sentenced to seven years in prison [press release] on Tuesday on charges of abuse of power and corruption. Judge Rodion Kireyev also barred Tymoshenko from serving public office for three years and ruled in favor of a … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Ukrainian parliament [official website] on Wednesday rejected four amendments to the country's Criminal Code [materials]. Parliamentary deputies refused [RIA Novosti report] to include in the agenda for discussion proposed amendments to the Code, which were introduced by the opposition party led by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The trial of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] resumed on Tuesday after a two-week recess [JURIST report] with prosecutors asking the court to sentence Tymoshenko to seven years in prison and bar her from holding public office. Tymoshenko is on trial on charges … [read more]


Legal News
12 Sep 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] The Pechersk District Court announced on Monday that the trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website, in Ukrainian; JURIST news archive] on charges of abuse of office would be adjourned for two weeks [press release, in Ukrainian]. Judge Rodion Kireyev said he would delay further proceedings "in … [read more]


Legal News
17 Aug 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] testified against his former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday in her ongoing trial for charges of corruption. The prosecution alleges [JURIST report] that Tymoshenko orchestrated a deal where Ukraine's national gas company would … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Jan 2011

"JURIST Guest Columnist Alexei Trochev of the University of Wisconsin Law School says judicial dependence in Ukraine did not begin with Yanukovych and it will not end with his departure from politics because Yanukovych's successor will also adapt the judiciary for his or her own needs and constitutional rules are … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Ukrainian prosecutors on Monday filed criminal charges [press release, in Ukrainian] against opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] for allegedly misappropriating state funds during her time in office from 2007-2010. Tymoshenko, whose government was dissolved in March after she narrowly lost the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Ukraine [official website] ruled Friday that a 2004 law that transferred powers from the presidency to parliament was unconstitutional, ordering the powers be restored to the president. The ruling invalidates the reforms [AP report] passed at the height of the Orange revolution [BBC timeline] and … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Ukrainian prosecutors said Wednesday that they have reopened a criminal investigation [press release, in Ukrainian] of opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive]. The probe into accusations that Tymoshenko attempted to bribe Supreme Court judges was originally opened in May 2004 and then … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Ukrainian prosecutors said Thursday that they may file criminal charges in connection with Tuesday's Parliament [official website, in Ukrainian] session in which lawmakers hurled eggs and smoke bombs [AP report] and engaged in physical violence. Chaos broke out Tuesday as lawmakers approved a treaty [press release, in Ukrainian] that … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Ukrainian prosecutors said Thursday that they may file criminal charges in connection with Tuesday's Parliament [official website, in Ukrainian] session in which lawmakers hurled eggs and smoke bombs [AP report] and engaged in physical violence. Chaos broke out Tuesday as lawmakers approved a treaty [press release, in Ukrainian] that … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2010
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine [official website, in Ukrainian] on Wednesday delayed [press release, in Ukrainian] an official declaration of victory for the recent presidential elections pending a suit filed by election runner-up Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website, in Ukrainian]. Tymoshenko alleges widespread voter fraud allowed Viktor … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website, in Ukrainian] filed a lawsuit [press release, in Ukrainian] on Tuesday with the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine claiming that last weekend's presidential election was corrupt. Tymoshenko alleges [Guardian report] that widespread voter fraud allowed her opponent, Viktor Yanukovych [personal website, in … [read more]


Student Commentary
13 Oct 2009

Ingrid Burke, Pitt Law '11; and Rick Grubb, Pitt Law '10; attended a University of Pittsburgh speech by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speech during the G-20 summit...Russian President Dmitry Medvedev came to the University of Pittsburgh during the G-20 summit to give some remarks of his own on the 50th … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website] called for constitutional changes to provide more separation between parliamentary and presidential powers during a Thursday interview [report] with Reuters. Tymoshenko said that she believed that the presidency should retain certain powers, but that parliament should be given clear ways to check … [read more]

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