A party leader was beaten
On 12 December 2000 Igor Malyshenko, the first secretary of the Nikolayev oblast committee of the socialist party, was brutally beaten at the doorway of his own house. The party members responded with the appeal of protest.
The victim was taken to a hospital with the cerebral brain concussion.
The appeal, distributed among the regional mass media, reads: There is no doubt that this hoodlum act was committed with the purpose of to intimidation.
The socialist party members are sure that the beating of their regional leader Malyshenko was organized by those, who conducts a dirty campaign against the peoples deputy of Ukraine Oleksandr Moroz.
In their opinion, this brutal act was a reaction to the distribution of materials about the connection of the President and his clique to the disappearance of Georgiy Gongadze, the editor-in-chief of the Internet newspaper Ukrainska pravda.
The appeal stresses that similar actions brutally abuse human rights in Nikolayev.
Until now it is not known what the local militia does for disclosing the crime.
Yuri Videnko, the head of the regional organization of the Popular Rukh of Ukraine, also condemned this act in the interview with out correspondent. He believes that the recent events testify of the existence of unpunishable gangsterism in the region. Activists of the Rukh also suffered from such kind of gangsterism.