Yulia Tymoshenko Wears Her Traditional Peasant Hair After Being Freed from Prison Hospital (Pictures)

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Ukraine's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was released from her prison hospital in Kharkiv after the country’s parliament voted to free her on Saturday (February 22, 2014). Her daughter Yevhenia Tymoshenko had earlier welcomed a vote in parliament to free the 53-year-old. The leader of the Orange Revolution of 2004 with her crown of braided golden hair was freed following two-and-a-half years behind bars. She was jailed in October 2011 by a court under Viktor Yanukovych over a natural gas deal she signed with Russia while serving as premier. The contract inflicted damage to Ukraine amounting to almost $190 million. Tymoshenko was then convicted of exceeding her powers and sentenced to seven years in prison. In addition to the sentence, the court ruled she must repay the money.

As soon as she walked out of the prison, Yulia Tymoshenko flew to Kiev within hours and appeared on Independence Square. Dressed in black, the 53-year-old businesswoman appeared much older and frailer than when she was last seen in public. “Today, Ukraine has finished with this terrible dictator," she spoke from a wheelchair on the protest stage. "There'll be no Ukraine but the Ukraine you want. And I'm the guarantor of that Ukraine."

Ukraine's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was released on February 22, 2014 after two-and-a-half years behind bars. With her traditional crown of blond hair, she appeared much older than when she was last seen in public. (Photo credit: Andrew Kravchenko, European Pressphoto Agency)

Yulia Tymoshenko, whose daughter Yevhenia had earlier welcomed a vote in parliament to free her, was widely expected to run for president in new elections set for May 25th 2014. (Photo credit: EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV)

Yulia Tymoshenko, whose daughter Yevhenia Tymoshenko had earlier welcomed a vote in parliament to free her, was widely expected to run for president in new elections set for May 25th 2014. (Photo credit: EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV)

The most famous prisoner in Ukraine spoke from a wheelchair in front of the crowd of about 50,000 in Kiev's Independence Square. She tearfully addressed protesters hours after her release from custody. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

The most famous prisoner in Ukraine spoke from a wheelchair in front of the crowd of about 50,000 in Kiev's Independence Square. She tearfully addressed protesters hours after her release from custody. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Yulia Tymoshenko, who was well known for her distinctive mix of peasant hair and high-fashion dresses, first entered parliament in 1996. In 200, she served as deputy prime minister.

Yulia Tymoshenko, who was well known for her distinctive mix of peasant hair and high-fashion dresses, first entered parliament in 1996. In 200, she served as deputy prime minister.

Yevhenia Tymoshenko, born in 1980, was the daughter of Ukraine's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. She owned a restaurant and also business in Dnipropetrovsk.

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