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KYIV, UKRAINE — A $7-billion 'bail' was set for Jailed Ukrainian opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, local media reported on Wednesday.
Former presidential chief of staff, Oleh Rybachuk, President Viktor Yanukovych established the 'ransom' during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to the Kommentarii media outlet.
No Ukrainian authorities have remarked regarding the recent statements, but Yanukovych claimed to have received the information from different sources and directly from one of Merkel's adivsers.
Tymoshenko, 51, is serving a seven-year term for abuse of power in connection with a 2009 gas deal with Russia. She was accused of illegally forcing state energy company Naftogaz to sign a gas supply contract with Russian gas company Gazprom in 2009, which the new government says required approval of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Tymoshenko has claimed her trial is politically motivated and an attempt by President Viktor Yanukovych, who narrowly beat her in the presidential election in February 2010, to bar her from future elections. The international community has largely condemned her trial and called for her immediate release.
Photos of Tymoshenko became public in April in which she is seen showing bruises on her body after claiming she had been physically abused by prison guards while being transferred from Kachanivska women's penal colony No.54 in Kharkiv to the Ukrzaliznytsia Central Clinical Hospital in Kharkiv in order to receive treatment for a severe spinal condition. Reports indicated that she has been diagnosed with a herniated spinal disc, and the diagnosis was later confirmed during an interview with Professor Einhaupi in Radio Liberty.
German Doctor Annette Reischauer, of Berlin's Charite clinic, returned to the Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Wednesday to attend Tymoshenko. No journalists were allowed entry.