Head of the Coalition of Participants in the Orange Revolution could get 15 years
The newspaper Kommersant Ukraine reports that on Wednesday the Central Department of the Kyiv Police charged the Head of the Board of the Coalition of Participants in the Orange Revolution, Serhiy Melnychenko. He is accused of creating a criminal group which during the protests by small business owners at the end of last year allegedly caused damage to the state of more than 200 thousand UAH. (roughly 18 thousand Euro). Mr Melnychenko calls the actions of the police political repression, while in the Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office where the file material has been sent, they do not discount the possibility that the decision will be revoked.
The decision to bring charges against Melnychenko states that “Melnychenko, being the Head of the Coalition of Participants in the Orange Revolution, organized group actions linked with the holding on 22 November of a freedom day and protest against the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the Tax Code”.
“From the evening of 21 November 2010 to 3 December 2010, carrying out their criminal intentions, aimed at damaging property not belonging to them on Maidan Nezalezhnosti [Independence Square], according to prior agreement with R. Fedchuk, O. Akhtyrsky, A. Mandych, I. Garkavenko, O. Zaplatkyn and V. Hruzynov, erected for the protesters 8 military tents. In the course of erecting these, 132 metal stakes, 50-60 cm in height, were beaten into the joints between the granite slabs”.
The investigators have thus concluded that Mr Melnychenko “caused material damage to the territorial community of the city of Kyiv and the road and exploitation department on repair and maintenance of roads and constructions on them of the Shevchenkivsky District amounting to 212, 292 UAH”.
Serhiy Melnychenko also faces the charge that under his leadership the above-mentioned figures damaged the metal fencing on Maidan, causing damage to municipal property of 2, 711 UAH.
From a report in Kommersant – Ukraine