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24.12.2006

SBU launches criminal investigation into crowd disturbance

   

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has launched a criminal investigation into the mass violence in Kharkiv on 16 December this year. The SBU press centre informed UNIAN that the investigation had been launched under Article 294 § 1 of the Criminal Code (organization of mass riots accompanied by violence against individuals, as well as active participation in mass riots).
The press centre also stated that the SBU had sent formal requests for explanations to state bodies and institutions, as well as individuals, involved in the events of 16 December in Kharkiv.
On 18 December the management of the business group “Target” accused the Kharkiv City Mayor Mykhailo Dobkin and the Secretary of the Council Gennady Kernes of provoking mass disturbances and beating up of citizens on 16 December.

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