Manhattan judge tosses drug charges against former Miss Russia Anna Malova
But Europe cannot afford to compromise on justice and human rights solely to pull one country closer into its orbit, no matter how strategically important it may be. Ukraine has to carry out a range of judicial, electoral and business reforms to secure the association agreement, as well as finding a solution to the case of Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister now imprisoned for abuse of power following a 2011 trial the EU said was based on selective justice. EU officials are satisfied with the progress made on reforms, and expect all of the ‘benchmarks’ to have been met by the Vilnius summit on November 28-29. But Tymoshenko is a much more intractable problem with no clear solution. Germany has said it wants the former prime minister, who is receiving treatment for back problems while under guard in hospital, released or at least allowed to travel abroad for treatment before it can back the association agreement. That position is broadly supported by Britain, France, the Netherlands and the Nordic countries, while several east European member states are more flexible on what the terms of any deal on Tymoshenko should be. For Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich it is a deeply emotive issue. There is an ingrained animosity between him and his former political rival and a fear, analysts say, of retaliation by her against him if she is set free. What’s more, Ukraine says it is not possible to release Tymoshenko unconditionally as it would violate the law, an argument officials in Brussels acknowledge has some truth. The hope was an agreement could be reached by October 21, when EU foreign ministers hold a regular monthly meeting. But EU officials are not convinced the date will hold. They are also not sure a deal can be clinched by the meeting after that on November 18 – just 10 days before the eastern partnership summit.
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She was indicted in 2011 on charges she submitted more than 40 stolen prescriptions for pills By Shayna Jacobs / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 10:13 PM Comment Marc A. Hermann for New York Daily News Former Miss Russia Anna Malova leaves Manhattan Criminal Court after updating a judge on her status with a drug treatment program. A Manhattan drug court judge tossed charges against a pill-addicted former Miss Russia on Tuesday. Anna Malova , 42, a former Miss Universe contestant, insisted shes clean and reformed after spending two years in drug treatment. She was indicted in 2011 after allegedly submitting more than 40 stolen prescriptions for Vicodin and Klonopin, and was later rearrested for shoplifting. Ive learned my lesson . . . I look at the world with clear eyes, the sharply dressed blond said after receiving a certificate of achievement from the court. Her attorney, Robert Gottlieb, said she deserves enormous credit for overcoming addiction and mental health issues . . . She has had real ups and downs and has had to fight to accomplish this graduation. Prosecutors fought the decision, arguing her track record in the program was uneven and that she had many relapses. She is also still on Suboxone, an anti-depressant that has been prescribed to her, they pointed out.