[Marxism] The Disturbing Tally of Activists and Journalists Tortured or Killed in Ukraine - The Wire
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Sat Apr 26 08:22:34 MDT 2014
Below is a just partial list of some of those who have disappeared or
been injured or killed since the crisis began. Taken together, they
paint a rather frightening picture of the situation on the ground.
Polozhy, editor-in-chief of the independent news site Panorama, was
reportedly beaten outside his home by two assailants earlier this month.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported on April 17 that he
had been hospitalized following the attack, Panorama catalogued his
injuries, noting that he had suffered a broken skull, concussion,
dislocated elbow and multiple facial bruises.
Andrei Schekun and Anatoly Kovalsky
The two political activists were taken by armed men in Crimea in March,
and released after 11 days. Schekun told Human Rights Watch (HRW) that
he had been tortured, according to the rights organization:
A group of men in camouflage detained them at the Simferopol train
station. The men held them for 11 days, interrogated and beat them, and
on March 20 handed them over to Ukrainian military officers at the
Chongar checkpoint, on Crimea’s northern administrative border. Kovalsky
and Schekun said their captors claimed they were members of Crimea’s
Ukraine-based news site Podrobnosti (translation via the Institute for
War and Peace Reporting) reported further on the incident, adding that
Schekun and Kovalsky weren't the only ones held:
Two of those released, Andrey Schekun and Yury Shevchenko, were
taken to hospital. As part of the torture, they were shot with
non-lethal firearms and the bullets are lodged in their torsos and legs.
Schekun, Kovalsky, Shevchenko and the other captives were held in a
basement of the military commandant’s office in Simferopol.
The well-known Ukrainian musician was beaten and tied to a tree after
participating in pro-Ukraine rally earlier this week, according to
witnesses. The assault was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube, as
his assailants emptied his pocket and displayed his possession to the
camera, before turn them over to plainclothes policemen. He is still in
According to the site Maidantranslations.com, the Ukrainian Kobzar
(bard) community issued a statement on the attack, saying:
The Kobzar community of Ukraine is deeply worried about the fate of
one of their brothers, the Kobzar and community activist Vasyl Liutyi.
He was the emcee/leader of the rally for united Ukraine in the town of
Rubizhne in Luhansk oblast, in eastern Ukraine. We have learned that on
April 21, during a rally in support of a united Ukraine in the town of
Rubizhne, Liutyi was severely beaten and then arrested. During his
arrest, he was tortured.
The association added that they"condemn the excesses of Russian
chauvinists and protest against the inaction of the law enforcement
authorities," and are demanding their fellow musician's release.
The local Ukrainian politician, along with another unidentified man, was
found dead after disappearing in April. It appeared that he been
tortured before being thrown into a river, alive, to drown. According to
video footage, he was assaulted by a pro-Russian crowd before he
disappeared, per Reuters:
The footage from April 17 on local news site gorlovka.ua shows
angry scenes outside the town hall of Horlivka, between the separatist
flashpoint cities of Donetsk and Slaviansk, as Rybak is manhandled by
several men, among them a masked man in camouflage, while other people
Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said Rybak and the other man
were "brutally tortured by pro-Russian" militants.
The 39-year-old father of three disappeared after participating in a
peaceful protest against pro-Russia separatists in Crimea in March, and
was later found dead. Ametov identified as a Crimean Tatar, a Sunni
Muslim minority that has been historically discriminated against by
Russia, and was not in favor of the annexation. According to local
media, Ametov's body showed signs that he had been killed violently. The
Huffington Post UK reported at the time that "the marks on his body
indicate Ametov may have been tortured before his death, with
transparent tape wrapped around his head and hands."
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