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Night arbitrariness in Odessa

On the night of 18 to 19 September the struggle continued in the case of the May massacre in Odessa. Three supporters of federalization became victims of new arbitrariness.

After acquittal, one of federalism supporters was attacked by the fascists. Ukrainian fascists were going to lynch supporters of federalization acquitted by the court. Therefore, the police took 15 people from the courtroom by bus and released them outside the city. One of the released was not lucky. He somehow fell to the fascists’ eyes: they attacked him and smashed his head with a metal object. The victim was hospitalized.
The same night the fate of Russian citizen Yevgeniy Mefyodov was decided. The court arrested him for 60 days on charges of separatism. At the same time Mefyodov was unable to use the services of his lawyer: he was defended by a free public defender. Mefyodov claimed that his right to defense was violated, but the court rejected these applications.
On a similar charge a Ukrainian citizen Oleg Dolzhenkov was arrested, but he managed to resort to the services of his permanent lawyer. The lawyer easily managed to prove that the demands of the investigative bodies are absurd. Nevertheless, the court ruled to arrest Dolzhenkov, turning the meeting into a farce.
First of all, according to the investigation, Dolzhenkov demonstrated an evil intent against the Ukrainian state when on March 28, 2014 he organized an auto rally devoted to the anniversary of Nikolayev city liberation from the Nazi invaders. Thus, the celebration of such events according to the version of the Kiev regime is equal to a crime.
Secondly, the investigation and the prosecutor considered the slogans “Forward, Slavs, Russian, forward!” and “Glory to heroes-Olshantsy!” as separatist appeals. Olshantsy means members of the detachment of Senior Lieutenant Olshansky, who landed in March 1944 in the port of Nikolayev and began an operation to liberate the city. Thus, the investigation believes that the glorification of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War is equal to an attempt on the Ukrainian statehood.
Dolzhenkov’s lawyer asked not to place her client in custody. In particular, she noted that Dolzhenkov was illegally detained by members of the Security Service and the prosecutor’s office, who had not the appropriate authority. Investigative bodies actually kidnapped Dolzhenkov without informing her about the client’s location. She found out about him by accident. The lawyer noted that the event her client accused of occurred in March 2014, while criminal proceedings were opened only in January 2015. Moreover, the investigative actions began only in November 2016, and for all this time the investigation find no significant evidence of the guilt of Dolzhenkov. Moreover Dolzhenkov and Mefyodov were only witnesses in the case.
The decisive argument for the court was the threat of fascists, who were in the courtroom. They said that if Dolzhenkov was released, they would “try him by Lynch’s court”, and the responsibility for that would lie with the judge. The lawyer of the accused only accidentally found out about the location of his client, while several dozen fascists without any problems came to the right place. This testifies to the conspiracy of the prosecutor’s office and the Ukrainian fascists in the fight against the freedom-loving people of Odessa.

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