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Mr Yanukovych (l) made his first official post-election trip in March to Brussels as a sign of friendship. But the "honeymoon period" in his EU relations is over, Mr Lange said (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

Bad smell precedes Yanukovych trip to Brussels

A shake-down of leading NGOs and journalists by the Ukrainian security service in recent months has damaged President Viktor Yanukovych's pro-EU credentials ahead of his visit to Brussels on Monday (13 September).

Nico Lange, the director of the Kiev office of the German foundation the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung told EUobserver that the Sluzhba Bezpeky Ukrayiny (SBU) has created a "climate of fear" in the NGO and media community since Mr Yanukovych came to power in February.

Mr Lang...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Mr Yanukovych (l) made his first official post-election trip in March to Brussels as a sign of friendship. But the "honeymoon period" in his EU relations is over, Mr Lange said (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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