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Yevgenia, who is married to a British rock singer, now makes a six-hour car trip from Kiev to the prison in Kharkiv twice a week to see her mother, whose health and conditions are the subject of an information battle between her lawyers and officials.
Yevgenia says her mother is in constant pain from a recurring back problem and has not been able to get up unaided since early November.
“The health ministry denies this. They say she does not require medical treatment, that she needs exercise. When I see her, I have to pick her up. I have to move her, to help her stand up and it is evident that any slight movement causes very sharp pain,” she said. “She is much paler and weaker.”
The family has also complained that she is under constant surveillance from a video camera with a light on in her cell round the clock.
“The video camera is a microscopic one that can see what she is writing in bed. Whatever she writes they can see and this causes a lot of psychological, moral strain …,” said Yevgenia.
The charismatic 51-year-old Yulia Tymoshenko, a political power-house, was the field marshal of the Orange Revolution street protests which thwarted Yanukovich’s first bid for the presidency in 2005.
Though self-confident and equally stylish, Yevgenia is far less forceful than her mother and denies media reports that she has ambitions to step into her mother’s shoes.
“I am far from being a public person. I see my mother continuing her political career … She is the one in our family who is going to continue this,” she said.