Vadim Hladchuk released
The Kyiv Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal against the decision of the Solomyansky District Court in Kyiv on 11 August to remand Hladchuk in custody.
Vadims lawyer Oleh Musiyenko told the UNIAN press agency that the decision to revoke the ruling and release his client pending trial was the “the first small victory” which made him hopeful for the future outcome of the case.
As already reported here (see The Same “No!” to old tactics) this case has aroused concern among human rights defenders. The crime the young man is charged with seems suspiciously old (it allegedly took place two years ago) and very vague, while there are suspicions that the sudden interest in Hladchuk is linked to his having organized a picket calling for more transparency in the Tender Chamber and addressing specific accusations against the honorary Head of the Chamber, a National Deputy from the Communist Party (in the recently dissolved Verkhovna Rada).