Tampering with mail needs to be a Federal offense. Without stiff penalties, the mail system just can’t operate as efficiently as it does because we’d have everybody opening everybody else’s mail.
I can’t say for sure what the entire law says, but I assume it’s hard to write a tough law on “obstruction of correspondence” while still allowing for people to throw out junk mail (does junk mail even count as “correspondence”?). That’s how loopholes get created.
Thankfully, the law isn’t written and enforced by just one person, there are people who are able to use common sense to see the difference between my neighbor opening my new credit card and me throwing away a 10% coupon addressed to a dead aunt.
I just realized something, though: None of this is mentioned in the indictment, nor do the words “former president Yulia Tymoshenko”, so it looks like you’re 0 for 2. This is what they’re looking at, as per the indictment: 18 U.S.C. §§ 2, 371, 981 (a)(l)©, 982, 1001(a:), 1956(h), and 3551 et~.; 22 U.S.C. §§ 612(a), 618(a)(l), and 618(a)(2); 28 U.S.C. § 2461©; 31 U.S.C. §§ 5314 and 5322(b).
If I get time I’ll look them up but I’m pretty sure it was outlined in the indictment itself.