The UN Criticizes the Investigation of Crimes Committed by “Titushki”

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is concerned over the lack of justice on the murder case of Vyacheslav Veremiy, a journalist of the “Vesti” newspaper, which involved Yurii Krysin, the chair of the “titushki” group.

Translator’s note: “titushki” – young “sports appearance” people, who are secretly employed for political purposes of organizing power provocation and scuffle in Ukraine.

This is stated in the report on the situation of human rights in Ukraine covering the period November 16, 2017 to February 15, 2018.

The authors of the report drew attention to the fact that in the Shevchenkivsky district court of Kyiv Krysin was eased preventive measures twice, despite the fact that the suspect continued to commit crimes. In particular, he is charged with an attack on a gas station, during which several people were injured, and one victim was wounded by a “less-lethal handgun”.

In addition, the Office of the High Commissioner considers that investigations into cases of “titushki” attacks against the EuroMaidan activists during the night of 18 to 19 February 2014 have grave shortcomings.

The authors of the report note: there is a missing link between the actions of the Then-SSU, “titushki” and the police in the criminal charges.

A proper consideration of this connection could affect the final qualification of human rights violations”, the report explains.

In another case, the involvement of “titushki” by the highest authorities of the former Government is obvious, given the fact that Kalashnikovs were dispensed from the arsenal of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. This raises the question of individual criminal responsibility of the former senior officials for the crimes committed by “titushki”.

It should be recalled that on December 22, 2014, Yurii Krysin, the chairman of the “titushki” group, which was suspected in the murder of Vyacheslav Veremiy, a journalist of the “Vesti” newspaper, was convicted of disorderly conduct. Shevchenkovsky district court conditionally sentenced him to 4 years’ imprisonment. Therefore, he was released from punishment with a probation period of 2 years.

The court found that on February 17, 2014, Yu. Krysin, a native of Gorlovka of the Donetsk region, agreed to collect a group of “titushki” to counteract activists of EuroMaidan for USD 20 000. According to the judge Oleg Linnik, Yuri Krysin executed the order of Armen Sargsyan, which is wanted by law-enforcers. He managed to get 15 people instead of the promised 200 people and paid them a thousand hryvnia to each. “He repents all what he has done”, the judge said while reading the verdict.

Vyacheslav Veremiy, the journalist of the “Vesti” newspaper, was killed in Kyiv on the night of February 19, 2014. That evening he and his colleague were coming back after work on the Maidan by taxi. The journalist was performing the task of the editorial office there.

Unknown with baseball bats and weapons, in helmets, camouflage and black masks attacked men at the corner of Vladimir and the Velyka Zhitomirska Streets in Kyiv. One of the “titushki” shot the journalist in the stomach. Veremiy died in at the emergency hospital.

The attack on the protesters on the night of February 18-19, 2014 occurred at the crossroads of Vladimirska and Velyka Zhitomirska Streets. The victims are: Sergii Pavitskiy, Volodimir Babich, Yevgenii Garagulya, Igor Chernetskiy, Andrii Natalenko, Timur Kazimov, Ivan Lyubarskiy. There are indicated “titushki” Oleg Geban and Sergii Kostenko as the accused with attempted murder of activists of EuroMaidan.

 

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