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Subsequent investigations into her prime ministership—notably into the 2009 deal she signed to purchase natural gas from Russia at allegedly inflated prices—resulted in Tymoshenko’s being charged with abuse of power.
Her trial began in June 2011, and in October of that year she was sentenced to seven years in prison.
The trial was widely criticized both domestically, where it was viewed by some as an attempt by Yanukovych to discredit Tymoshenko, and abroad, where some contended that procedures were not in accordance with international standards.
In November 2011 Tymoshenko faced new charges, including tax evasion and embezzlement, that dated from the 1990s.
Tymoshenko continued as prime minister after the parliamentary elections scheduled for December 2008 were canceled and a new coalition between Yushchenko’s and Tymoshenko’s parties was formed.
Nevertheless, Yanukovych was inaugurated as president on February 25, and the following week Tymoshenko’s government was felled by a vote of no confidence.
As the two former allies clashed over various issues—for instance, while the president maintained his pro-Western stance and focused on gaining membership in NATO, the prime minister was accused of being overly supportive of Russia—their governing coalition collapsed in September 2008.
Tymoshenko remained in her post pending new parliamentary elections.
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