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UKRAINE'S DEPUTY PREMIER NOT IN DETENTION. Speaking to Interfax-Ukraine on 8 January, Fatherland Party spokesman Petro Yabochuk called media reports that Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko is in detention "another canard started by well-known circles." He said she was still at liberty. Ukrainian authorities on 5 January identified her as the subject of a criminal probe for smuggling, forgery and tax evasion. PG

CRIMEAN TATARS SEEK GREATER REPRESENTATION IN STATE OFFICES. Mustafa Dzhemilev, the chairman of the mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, told the fourth Kurultai meeting in Simferopol this week that Crimean Tatars must achieve better representation in state offices either by changing the way in which elections are conducted or by the adoption of a new Ukrainian law "which would defend the rights of the Crimean Tatar people," Interfax-Ukraine reported on 6 January. PG