Prosecutor ‘loses’ critical evidence regarding Khmelnytsky Maidan killings
Three and a half years after shots fired from inside the Khmelnytsky SBU [Security Service] office killed 73-year-old Ludmila Sheremet and seriously injured other Maidan activists, the investigation into the shooting appears to have been deliberately sabotaged
Second ex-Berkut officer wanted for Maidan crimes found crushing protest in Russia
Photos from the violent suppression of peaceful protests in Russia on June 12 have exposed a man now in Russian OMON riot police gear, but wanted by Ukraine for his leading role in the bloody dispersal of Maidan activists on November 30, 2013. Serhiy Kusyuk is the second key suspect who appears to now be helping the regime under Russian President Vladimir Putin to crush protest.
No penalty against Ukrainian judge who ordered Berkut to disperse Maidan
The High Council of Justice has decided that there are no grounds for dismissing Yevhen Ablov, the Kyiv judge who ordered Berkut riot police to forcibly disperse Euromaidan activists in December 2013.
Maidan suspect accused of issuing police machine guns to paid thugs also freed to flee to Russia?
Two weeks after 4 suspects, one accused of murder, fled to Russia, another person has been released despite objections from the prosecutor. Euromaidan SOS has spoken of a coordinated system for escaping justice and believes that it could not exist without the direct connivance of those in power.
Suspected Maidan Killer & Three Other Ex-Berkut Officers Flee to Russia
In a move which was easily to be predicted and averted, a former Berkut officer suspected of direct involvement in the killing of Maidan activists has been allowed to escape justice. Vitaly Honcharenko was released from custody on April 6 and on April 13 crossed, unimpeded, into Russia, together with three former Kharkiv Berkut colleagues.
Accomplice to Maidan journalist killing has ’magic’ effect on Ukrainian judges
Yury Krysin admits taking part in the fatal attack on journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan and has been convicted of numerous other violent crimes. Yet “Ukrainian judges have only to see him and they’re seized by a burning desire to release him from custody”
Parliament pass law that could help Yanukovych avoid justice while hurting Ukrainians
It is unlikely that President Petro Poroshenko will veto a law that he has himself lobbied for, but that is precisely what civic activists are demanding. Draft law No. 5610, passed by the Verkhovna Rada on March 16, will not help bring ex-president Viktor Yanukovych to justice, while seriously narrowing Ukrainian citizens’ rights, they warn
Not the Right Way to Bring Yanukovych to Trial
The Kremlin is well known for pulling former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych out of hiding for its own purposes. Now Ukraine’s leaders have been accused of using Yanukovych as an excuse to push legislation that may have dangerous repercussions for Ukraine’s justice system—while not necessarily bringing Yanukovych and his cronies any closer to justice
New Laws in Ukraine Obstruct Prosecution for Crimes against Maidan Activists
Laws passed since Maidan are actively blocking the chances of holding those guilty of crimes against Maidan activists to answer. Most worryingly, the law on trial in absentia, essentially tailored around former President Viktor Yanukovych could result in European Court of Human Rights judgements against Ukraine.
Police & prosecutors accused of protecting Maidan murder suspect from justice
A journalist investigation has highlighted disturbing police and prosecutor links which may explain the baffling downgrading in the charges against Yury Krysin, who took part in the killing of journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during the bloodiest days of Euromaidan in February 2014.
The First Maidan Victims
It is three years since Maidan activists Serhiy Nihoyan and Mikhail Zhyznevsky were killed on Hrushevsky St in Kyiv. 21-year-old Serhiy Nihoyan died first, killed by sniper bullets to the head and chest. An hour later it was learned that 25-year-old Mikail Zhyznevsky had also been shot and killed
Over half the Berkut officers suspected of Maidan killings given shelter by Russia
12 of 23 ex-Berkut officers suspected of gunning down protesters in the last bloody days of Euromaidan have now received Russian citizenship or leave to remain as ‘refugees’. It appears now that 3 other officers on trial over the deaths have been added to the list of people to be handed over in exchange for Ukrainian hostages.
Key Maidan journalist murder suspect released to flee or to commit more crimes
A man who has admitted taking part in the fatal attack on journalist Viacheslav Veremiy in February 2014 has once again been released from custody. This is despite legitimate grounds for believing that if Yury Krysin does not simply go into hiding, he will continue his criminal activities
Half the Berkut officers deployed against EuroMaidan activists remain police officers
Three years after the savage dispersal on Nov 30, 2013 of young students on Maidan, none of the Berkut officers directly involved have been convicted, and some are continuing to work in the police. The reason in many cases for the lack of progress lies not in the investigators, but in sabotage by the courts
Yanukovych ‘doesn’t remember’ the bloodiest day of Maidan killings
Ex-president Viktor Yanukovych has finally testified as defence witness in the trial of five former Berkut officers charged with killing activists in February 2014. He claimed to ‘not know’ or ‘not remember’ most vital details about the events during Euromaidan, and even how he came to flee to Russia
Sharp Reversal by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General on Investigating Maidan & Yanukovych Crimes
Ukraine’s recently appointed Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko looks set to destroy an investigative body which has finally made progress on investigating crimes linked with Euromaidan, and the families of Maidan victims and lawyers representing them are outraged.
5-year sentence for vicious beating of Maidan activist
Volodymyr Savytsky has been sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment for the brutal beating of a Euromaidan activist in February 2014.
Suspected Euromaidan crimes no impediment for current Ukrainian police job
Anton Zazymko, who is facing serious charges over an attack by Berkut officers on Euromaidan activists, has held onto a renamed, but similar post in a National Police special forces regiment. In a move viewed with anger by lawyers representing Maidan victims, the Kyiv Court of Appeal upheld the original rejection of the application for his suspension
Alarm bells ring as chief Maidan crimes investigator threatened with criminal charges
Civic activists and Euromaidan victims’ lawyers have sounded the alarm about a major offensive against Serhiy Horbatyuk and his special investigative department. Several criminal investigations have been initiated against members of the department and Horbatyuk could himself be facing criminal charges for alleged ‘negligence’.
What European Values if Dutch Referendum Result Stands?
It is hard to find the words to express the sense of betrayal. Are the deaths on Maidan, the persecution, and courage to have no meaning because of a pseudo referendum with questionable motives, arguments taken straight out of the propaganda Russia used to justify its aggression against Ukraine and highly dubious funding?