Head of Dorozhny Kontrol accuses police of ordering attack on him
On Friday drivers held a protest action outside the MIA in Kyiv. They displayed pictures of Rostyslav Shaposhnykov, one of the owners of the website Dorozhny Kontrol [Road Control] website (http://roadcontrol.org.ua/)) which monitors the work of the traffic police and breaches of drivers’ rights, On 24 March Rostyslav Shaposhnykov was set upon while getting into his car, forced into a jeep by two men, driven outside Kyiv and beaten up. He was found lying on the road by cyclists who called an ambulance. He is presently in hospital.
The protesters demanded a thorough investigation into the attack. Rostyslav told the Deutsche Welle Ukrainian Service that he is almost certain that the attack was ordered by people within the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He is convinced that it was not, as the police are suggesting, a normal robbery, and points out that he concerns himself solely with uncovering crimes committed by the traffic police, as well as other representatives of the authorities – the Prosecutor and court in the area of road traffic. He therefore also excludes the possibility that somebody from the outside could have had it in for him.