Eugenia Tymoshenko has hired Hillgrove to represent her personal comms with the media in light of recent news on the state of her mother, now an imprisoned opposition leader.
She has given a number of interviews across Europe highlighting her mother’s deteriorating health while being held in an Ukranian prison. On Monday she met with Germany's justice minister to increase European pressure on Ukraine's leadership over her mother's case.
The Ukraine is co-hosting this summer’s Euro 2012 football tournament, causing the international media to focus on the country. Dirk Niebel, Germany's development minister, became the country's first member of government to announce he is to boycott the tournament yesterday.
The former Ukrainian prime minister reportedly suffers from chronic back pain due to a herniated disc but the government has allegedly refused to give her adequate medical attention.
It is thought that the engagement of Hillgrove PR, led by Richard Hillgrove, is designed to highlight Yulia Tymoshenko’s condition and secure worldwide support for her release.
The former leader of Ukraine's Orange Revolution, and prime minister from 2005 to 2007 and then in 2010, is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence on charges of abuse of office.
She has also been accused of tax evasion but denies all charges against her and claims that the charges are part of a political campaign by her opponents to keep her out of politics.