Criminal investigation for anti-Yanukovych graffiti
Despite initial denials, a criminal case has been initiated against two students who pasted leaflets ridiculing President Yanukovych.
The police statement reads that “if during the investigation into the case initiated to establish the circumstances and motives of what was done it is established that the young men did not intend to infringe public order, show disrespect for society, the criminal case will be closed”.
The statement asserts that the police are beyond politics and defend the honour and dignity of all citizens.
As reported, on 29 February two young students – in their fourth and fifth year at the Kherson National Technical University - were detained for pasting up leaflets which the police claim “ridicule the Head of State in a rude and offensive manner”.
The next day SBU [Security Service] officers even carried out a search of the hostel rooms where the students live. The media then also reported that a criminal case had been initiated under Article 296 of the Criminal Code (group hooliganism) which can carry up to 4 years.