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    Ukrainian Ex-P.M. Found Guilty

    Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko during a trial hearing at the Pecherskiy District Court in Kiev, Monday, July 11, 2011. The Ukrainian security service says it has opened a criminal investigation into the activities of an energy company once headed by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Tymoshenko, the country's top opposition leader, is already on trial on charges she abused her office in signing a natural gas import deal with Russia in 2009. Tymoshenko denies the accusations and says the trial is an attempt by President Viktor Yanukovych to bar her from politics.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

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    Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was found guilty of exceeding her powers and sentenced to seven years in prison on Tuesday. The charges stemmed from a gas deal she signed with Russia when in power in 2009. The United States and the European Union have condemned the charges against Tymoshenko as politically motivated, and while the judge read out her sentence she spoke over him, vowing to “fight to defend my honest name.” She was a leader of the country’s 2004 Orange Revolution but fell out of power in 2010. The court also ordered her to pay back the $186 million the state gas company lost on the deal.

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