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Vinnytsia activists hunted by militia; one person arrested

Vinnytsia activists hunted by militia; one person arrested
Article by: Yuriy Lukanov
Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Edited by: A. N.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 19:26

In Vinnytsia, the militia searched the apartment of the head of the Vinnytsia Oblast organization of the Batkivschyna moloda NGO Vadym Kudiyarov and arrested him, the NGO announced on its Facebook page. “Around 8 am, the apartment of Vadym Kudiyarov was searched. Currently, the activist is under arrest and has been taken to DOCC in Vinnytsia Oblast”.According to the NGO, militia has prepared criminal proceedings against the activiston the seizure of the State Oblast Administration building in Vinnytsia. “During the search, the investigation team seized a laptop, sim card, and the jacketwhich was on the activist . Kudiyarov said that at least three more Batkivschyna moloda activistswere searched for this morning,” the statement read.

On January 25 at the Vinnytsia Oblast State Administration building, a protest was launched that later turned into an attempt to seize the building. Some protesters broke down the door, rushed into the building and disrupted an extraordinary session of the oblast legislature. The militia opened criminal proceedings related to the seizure of the Vinnytsia OSA building and Oblast Council.

Later it became known that the apartment of Volodymyr Bartsios, a party committee member of Vinnytsia’s Svoboda party and the aid to Andriy Mokhnyk was also searched. Bartsios noted that “these law enforcement actions violate an agreement between the Vinnytsia People’s Council and the heads of Vinnitsia OSA to terminate the repression of protesters.”

The Investigation Department of Vinnytsia Oblast militia based their actions on a court order dated February 7, stating that the local activist of Svoboda’s Volodymyr Bartsios coordinated the actions of other Svoboda activists during the assault of Vinnytsia OSA on January 25. “The militia is looking for sticks and other weapons, as well as documents showing the calls to commit unlawful acts,” said Bartsios.

Source: Ukrainska Pravda

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Edited by: A. N.
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