The tough seven-year jail sentence handed to Yulia Tymoshenko came as a real disappointment to observers and, especially, to the West. It is difficult to understand what the authorities have been counting for; however the reaction to the step exceeded any pessimistic forecasts. From now, even if the ruling group finds a way out and releases Yulia Tymoshenko, that will take years to make the West believe that Vitor Yanukovich is somehow different to Alexander Lukasheno or any other totalitarian governor. More about recent tendencies you can read in our new report “Turning into a Belarus?”. The full report could be obtained through subscription at Global Source (www.globalsourcepartners.com). Trial access is available.