The book “Ukraine, Gas and Handcuffs: The Trial of Yulia Tymoshenko” about the persecution of the Batkivshchyna Party leader during the time of the Yanukovych regime was presented in Milan.
Speakers at the presentation, which was held in the Regional Council of Lombardy, included Vice President of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Patrizia Toia, Deputy of the Italian Parliament Vinicio Peluffo, member of the Regional Council of Lombardy Carlo Borghetti, the book’s author – political analyst Mateo Cazzulani, Eugenia Tymoshenko and Deputy Head of Batkivshchyna and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on European Integration Hryhoriy Nemyria.
“The show trial of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was a part of Ukrainian and European history that Italians should know about to understand the essence of selective justice and autocracy,” Mateo Cazzulani, who covered the trial for the Italian media, said.
The preface to the book was written by the leader of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Gianni Pitella, who fought for Yulia Tymoshenko’s release from prison.
“This is a very touching moment for me. It is remarkable that the influential Italian analyst Mateo Cazzulani was able to observe my mother’s trial and tell the world about political repression and her struggle for justice and freedom for Ukrainians,” Eugenia Tymoshenko said.
She said the book demonstrates the author’s understanding that energy is the key source of Ukraine’s dependence. He draws a clear parallel between Ukraine and the fate of Yulia Tymoshenko, who was also denied her freedom because of her fight against corruption, the oligarchy and the dependence of the Ukrainian energy sector on Russian energy.
Eugenia Tymoshenko noted that her mother was jailed several times for her stance against the machinery of corruption and was able to implement reforms that today are helping Ukraine.
“My mother became a symbol of the struggle for freedom and justice in Ukraine. During her imprisonment many European politicians said that freeing Yulia means freeing Ukraine,” she said.
During the presentation Eugenia Tymoshenko urged those present to help Ukraine in its struggle against Russia’s aggression, which threatens not only Ukraine but the world order.
“If the democratic world does not stop Putin today, tomorrow there will be a similar books about European politicians fighting to defend freedom, European values and the energy independence of their own countries. Don’t let this happen,” Eugenia Tymoshenko said.