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The Communist Party of Ukraine is attacked from all sides

On May 12, Ukrainian special services conducted 24 searches of Pyotr Simonenko, the leader of the Communist Party banned in Ukraine. In the course of the searches the SBU seized printing products with communist content, an automatic Stechkin pistol and 120 rounds. The special services accuse the head of the banned party under Article 109 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (actions aimed at violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order or the seizure of state power).

After the search the SBU did not restrict Simonenko’s freedom of movement and on May 13 he arrived to Russia to participate in a talk show on the TV channel “Russia-1”.

Simonenko’s speech was devoted to the persecution the Communist Party and he personally are exposed in Ukraine. However, Odessa political immigrant Igor Markov, who took the floor after him, said Simonenko was secretly cooperating with the acting Kiev authorities.

“You excluded from the party ordinary Communists who stood on “anti-Maidan rallies”. You have not pay benefits to the families of ordinary Communists arrested in Kharkov and Zaporozhye. Pyotr Nikolaevich, explain how it happened that a pistol with a silencer was found at your location, a fairly specific weapon for specific purposes, and you stand here?” – Markov inquired.

Igor Markov called Simonenko “agent of the SBU” and exclaimed: “You betrayed all your comrades! Keep your 30 silversmiths, Judas!” – Markov declared and tossed a trifle into Simonenko.

The words of Markov were also confirmed by the former Communist MP Spiridon Kilinkarov, who was one of the most influential figures in the party. “Simonenko took part in the legitimization of this power [ruling in Kiev now],” – Kilinkarov said. “He forced the [CP parliamentary] faction to vote for the removal of Yanukovych from power, in fact, sanctified the coup d’état. Those who did not vote, he expelled from the party.”

In response, Simonenko accused his opponents that they left Ukraine, and he “remains in Kiev and continues to fight.”

The current leadership of the Communist Party does not really help the political prisoners. For example, in Odessa it has been a trial lasting for three years of a group of Communists accused of terrorist activities. There are four accused people: Catherine Foteva, Eugene Podmazko, Alexander Shevtsov and Igor Udovenko. They are accused of the explosions that raged in Odessa in 2014 and 2015. All this time, the court does not consider their case on the merits. Ukrainian journalists believe that the secret services have no evidence of guilt and therefore artificially delay the trial, putting pressure on judges. Simonenko and CP leadership never helped their four party members in Odessa.

On May 11, the accused communists staged a protest action in a court: they demand compliance with the norms of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which requires the consideration of cases within a reasonable time. And accused Evgeni Podmazko even went on a hunger strike to protest the inexplicable delay in the trial.

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