Over half the Berkut officers suspected of Maidan killings given shelter by Russia
12 of 23 ex-Berkut officers suspected of gunning down protesters in the last bloody days of Euromaidan have now received Russian citizenship or leave to remain as ‘refugees’. It appears now that 3 other officers on trial over the deaths have been added to the list of people to be handed over in exchange for Ukrainian hostages.
Key Maidan journalist murder suspect released to flee or to commit more crimes
A man who has admitted taking part in the fatal attack on journalist Viacheslav Veremiy in February 2014 has once again been released from custody. This is despite legitimate grounds for believing that if Yury Krysin does not simply go into hiding, he will continue his criminal activities
Half the Berkut officers deployed against EuroMaidan activists remain police officers
Three years after the savage dispersal on Nov 30, 2013 of young students on Maidan, none of the Berkut officers directly involved have been convicted, and some are continuing to work in the police. The reason in many cases for the lack of progress lies not in the investigators, but in sabotage by the courts
Yanukovych ‘doesn’t remember’ the bloodiest day of Maidan killings
Ex-president Viktor Yanukovych has finally testified as defence witness in the trial of five former Berkut officers charged with killing activists in February 2014. He claimed to ‘not know’ or ‘not remember’ most vital details about the events during Euromaidan, and even how he came to flee to Russia
Sharp Reversal by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General on Investigating Maidan & Yanukovych Crimes
Ukraine’s recently appointed Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko looks set to destroy an investigative body which has finally made progress on investigating crimes linked with Euromaidan, and the families of Maidan victims and lawyers representing them are outraged.
5-year sentence for vicious beating of Maidan activist
Volodymyr Savytsky has been sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment for the brutal beating of a Euromaidan activist in February 2014.
Suspected Euromaidan crimes no impediment for current Ukrainian police job
Anton Zazymko, who is facing serious charges over an attack by Berkut officers on Euromaidan activists, has held onto a renamed, but similar post in a National Police special forces regiment. In a move viewed with anger by lawyers representing Maidan victims, the Kyiv Court of Appeal upheld the original rejection of the application for his suspension
Alarm bells ring as chief Maidan crimes investigator threatened with criminal charges
Civic activists and Euromaidan victims’ lawyers have sounded the alarm about a major offensive against Serhiy Horbatyuk and his special investigative department. Several criminal investigations have been initiated against members of the department and Horbatyuk could himself be facing criminal charges for alleged ‘negligence’.
What European Values if Dutch Referendum Result Stands?
It is hard to find the words to express the sense of betrayal. Are the deaths on Maidan, the persecution, and courage to have no meaning because of a pseudo referendum with questionable motives, arguments taken straight out of the propaganda Russia used to justify its aggression against Ukraine and highly dubious funding?
Crucial Maidan killings suspect released with courts accused of sabotage
Roman Zavorotny, who is accused of a key role in arming ‘titushki’ or paid thugs with police machine guns, was released from custody just after midnight on Sunday morning
First prison sentence for crimes against Euromaidan activists
A Kyiv court has sentenced Azis Tagirov to 4 years imprisonment for his role in an attack on Automaidan activists and an abduction, while Ramil Islamli received the same four years but with a three year term of probation. The two ‘titushki’ were part of a Kharkiv gang led by Tavakul Ragimov, a police officer now in hiding
Political PR & sabotage instead of real investigation on eve of 2nd Maidan anniversary
Attempts by Ukraine’s leaders to imitate decisive actions around the anniversaries of Euromaidan pose a real threat to proper investigation and significantly increase the likelihood of cases collapsing at trial level, or resulting in unwarranted acquittals.
Ukraine’s only trial over Maidan killings under threat
The only trial so far underway of Berkut officers accused of gunning down Maidan protesters in February 2014 is in danger of ending in mistrial, while other investigations are being obstructed in part because the same people responsible for violations during Euromaidan are still now in positions of authority.
Police & judges accused of impeding prosecution of crimes against Euromaidan activists
On the same day that the Head of the special department investigating Maidan crimes spoke of constant obstruction from current police officers, former Berkut officers and judges, a court has allowed Anatoly Logvinenko, an ex-Berkut officer accused of grave crimes, to remove his electronic bracelet
Another person charged with Euromaidan crimes allowed to escape?
A second person accused of grave crimes against Euromaidan activists has gone missing after a controversial decision to free him pending trial. Tavakkul Ragimov, a CURRENT police officer, was released from custody in July this year despite objections from the prosecutor and victims’ lawyers
Ex-Security Service chief in custody over Euromaidan killings
Oleksandr Shcheholev, the former head of the Kyiv SBU [Security Service] has been remanded in custody for two months on charges relating to the killing of Euromaidan activists
Outrage over plan to name police unit after victims of Euromaidan
The civic initiative Euromaidan SOS has reacted swiftly to plans by the Interior Ministry to name a law enforcement unit after Nebesna Sotnya – those killed during the Euromaidan protests.
So who doesn’t want justice for Euromaidan victims?
A key suspect, charged with crimes against Euromaidan activists, has failed to appear in court just over a week after he was released from custody. If he has fled, this will be the second time that a high-profile suspect has vanished after a controversial court ruling. In the meantime, the trial has finally begun of two former Berkut officers accused over the gunning down of 39 Maidan activists
Russia demands payment for secret shipment of weapons against Maidan
So what was on the plane from Russia, organized with unprecedented speed on Feb 19, 2014, the day before unarmed protesters were gunned down on Maidan and why was all information about the flights classified as secret in both Ukraine and Russia’?