Ukraine Government Says ‘Tortured’ Activist Dmytro Bulatov Is Both Victim And Suspect

KIEV, Ukraine -- The Ukrainian authorities want to put injured activist Dmytro Bulatov, currently being treated in hospital in Kyiv, under house arrest.

Businessman and politician Petro Poroshenko (R) visits AutoMaidan leader Dmytro Bulatov at a hospital on Jan. 30.

He has been moved to intensive care after police reportedly tried to remove him.

The 35-year-old has had surgery after claiming he had been abducted and held captive, beaten and tortured.

The Interior Ministry has issued a wanted notice, saying it considers him both a victim of kidnapping and a suspect in organising mass disorder.

“Despite the fact that there is not a single spot on my body that doesn’t hurt; despite the fact that my face was cut and they threatened to prick one of my eyes, they cut off a piece of my ear, crucified me, nailing me to a door, and beat me viciously at the same time, I had a sack on my head – despite all of these things and other cruel torture as well, I want to say that we won’t be intimidated, and nothing will stop us,” Bulatov said from his hospital bed.

The activist was one of the leaders of anti-government protest motorcades called “Auto-Maidan”, in which scores of cars would drive to the homes of Ukrainian leaders.

He was reported missing on January 23 and resurfaced last Thursday in the woods outside a village.

The authorities have suggested the activist’s disappearance might have been a deliberate ploy by the protest movement to inflame an already highly tense situation in the country.

The opposition talk of death squads operating in Ukraine and want an international investigation.

Outside the hospital, former Independent MP Taras Chornovil said there was enough evidence, in Bulatov’s case and those of others, for the International Court of Justice to mount a prosecution.

Bulatov’s supporters are organising round-the-clock protection for the activist and have asked police to hold back.

Ukraine’s anti-government protests began in November after President Yanokovych ditched a planned accord with the EU, instead turning to Russia for economic aid.

The president has ordered the repeal of a new law restricting protests, agreed to an amnesty for protesters and accepted the resignation of members of his cabinet.

Yet despite the concessions, mistrust on both sides appears higher than ever.

Source: euronews


Nick Bolton said…
Journalist investigation
We have obtained information on location of "torture chamber" where so called "abduction victim" and shady AutoMaydan leader Dmitriy Bukatov has been held for 8 days. According to the source the entire time he was missing, Bulatov spent at the country house of millionaire Yuriy Zazulya within the city of Kiev on Sportivnaya in the affluential area known as Rusanov Gardens.The house also doubles as an "entertainment club" with bar, sauna and other attributes of good times and is known in certain circles and for selected people as Zozulya's Nest. Bulatov had been seen there on the days of his alleged abduction alone with Anatoliy Gritsenko, who is a close friend of Zozulja and Bulatov.
We have submitted all the information to the Ministry of Police and State Prosecutors Office and the obtained information can be verified by testimonies of mentioned Zozulia, Gritsenko and others who have access to Bulatov's closest circle.
It is our believe that submitted evidence will help the investigators to focus on "staging the abduction" lead and put the farce of fake crimes towards fake opposition to end
Skotkolr said…
Testimonies can be bought Mr Bolton, Are you really that naive? I doubt they have access now that you have posted who the infiltrators are, so thanks for that information.
If it is an affluent neighborhood and entertainment club show us some video from the security cameras, that might get a little more interest than this pathetic attempt at bashing the torture and death or activist leaders.