Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and her lawyer Sergei Vlasenko, left, during a trial hearing at the Pecherskiy District Court in Kiev, Wednesday, June 29, 2011.Ukraine's former prime ... more 
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and her lawyer Sergei Vlasenko, left, during a trial hearing at the Pecherskiy District Court in Kiev, Wednesday, June 29, 2011.Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, went on trial Friday in a case that has raised concerns in the West over the government's commitment to democracy and the rule of law. Tymoshenko, now a top opposition leader, has been charged with abuse of office in signing a deal with Moscow to buy Russian natural gas at prices investigators said were too high. She denies the charges, and describes them as a political plot by her rival, President Viktor Yanukovych, to keep her out of upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Sergei Chuzavkov
Wed, Jun 29, 2011 6:58 AM EDT