Miroslava Berdnik Case: SBU’s Devious Methods to Silence the Truth in Ukraine

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



Where does the taxpayers’ money go or how I became involved in another criminal case

You just will not be surprised, but I became involved in another criminal case!

However, the case that was opened by the SBU, but the Prosecutor General’s office.

The case of the pogrom during the exhibition “Volyn massacre” in the Ukrainian House, which took place more than 6 years ago on April 8th, 2010!

Do you remember the night’s crumpled message on paper that was transferred via the neighbour from the Colonel of Police? So, it turns out that the Colonel was real. It seems that the Prosecutor General’s office, which allegedly was informed by unknown witnesses said that I was a participant of the event, requested this Colonel to interrogate me as a participant. For now, at least as a witness.

And despite the fact that I immediately explained to him that I will answer his questions only in the presence of his lawyer, especially because I am the same witness the 40 million Ukrainians who witnessed this pogrom during the exhibition “Volyn massacre” on TV, he tried to ask a few questions.

It’s as a matter of fact that I have already answered during a pretrial investigation the investigator for particularly important cases of the Main Investigation Department of the GPU on the question of whether I’m participant of this exhibition (it is the case according to which the ex-Deputy Vadim Kolesnichenko declared as wanted). As proof of my innocence as a non-participant and non-witness, I referred to my material in the blog “Varjag-2007” from April 8th 2010 the “Volyn massacre” photo exhibition, in which it was particularly indicated that “I came after the moment nationalists, who attempted to disrupt an exhibition, were dragged out of the hall by their legs, so the rumours about the disruption of the exhibition are greatly exaggerated, the organizers of the exhibition told me that only a few books were torn.”

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Despite my refusal to answer his questions without a lawyer, the Colonel over the phone asked me a question – if I was the author of such a post, to which I replied that it violates my rights to continue after my request to ask questions only in the presence of a lawyer.

My lawyer Elena Lukash called him and clarified all the relevant issues. But…

Now I tried to find in the archive of my blog “Varyag-2007” material that justifies me as a non-party and a non-witness to the pogrom of the exhibition “Volyn massacre”… and I didn’t find it! Only SBU officers could have removed it, who continue to monitor my accounts, despite my complaint to the Chairman of the SBU that the SBU illegally without a court order withdrew all my passwords, logins, and emails and obtained control over all my accounts, and continue to control it. It is in this way that taxpayers’ money is now used.

But initiators made one mistake: it is VERY difficult to destroy material on the Internet. Here is a repost of my destroyed material, the photo report of the “Volyn Massacre” exhibition, proving that I am neither a participant nor a witness.

I visited the exhibition “Volyn massacre: Polish and Jewish victims of OUN-UPA” (the name is not misleading – in the catalogue of the documental photo exhibition it says of the Ukrainian, Russian, and Czechoslovak victims of the UPA).

I came after the moment nationalists, who attempted to disrupt an exhibition, were dragged out of the hall by their legs, so the rumours about the disruption of the exhibition are greatly exaggerated, the organizers of the exhibition told me that only a few books were torn

However, this advertising Billboard dedicated to the exhibition no longer exists:


Now in its place is this joyful billboard that “modestly” pleases the eyes of nationalists:


As you can see in Miroslava’s original post from the time of 2010, in pre-Maidan Ukraine, OUN-UPA were presented as the culprits of the Volyn Massacre, and already there were nationalists that tried to disrupt exhibitions devoted to it. In post-Maidan Ukraine, the former culprits became national heroes. The SBU today uses sneaky methods to find ways to trap those who do not conform to the demands of the current regime. 

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