So Yanukovych has succumbed to two years of ferocious arm-twisting by European and global politicians. Today he pardoned Yuriy Lutsenko.
The case against the former Minister of the Interior was preposterous, as is his pardon.
Lutsenko has never requested a pardon - he therefore has nothing to thank Yanukovych for.
On the contrary - the emotion to 'get even' will be deep - and a gangster like Yanukovych knows this well,
Although imprisoned for well over two years, Lutsenko has been at the forefront of Ukrainian politics. Many European and Ukrainian leaders have visited him in court and in prison, and his name has never left the headlines. His writings are widely broadcast and read, and his opinion has been sought by today's opposition leaders.
The stigma of using selective justice to destroy his enemies will mark Yanukovych for the rest of his life.
Lutsenko with the help of his lawyers will certainly continue to try to clear his name by every means possible, both inside and outside the country, until he is fully rehabilitated. There is a high probability his aim will ultimately be achieved.
p.s. Lutsenko's release did not 'come out of the blue'. So why his humiliation last week?
A final kick up the a** as he walks out of the prison gates?
Sadists to the end....