On this episode of the JURIST Podcast, Pitt Law students Taras Shablii and Slava Opeida discuss the recent protests, legislation and political deals to come out of their native Ukraine. They gave some background on the cause of the first wave of protests: the suspension of negotiations on a long-expected trade deal with the European Union. The government of Viktor Yanukovych then passed several laws in response to the ongoing protest movement, largely aimed at suppressing dissent. Finally, we turn to ongoing developments in this fast-moving story, including the release from prison of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, confirmed during our recording session on Feb. 22, 2014.
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