Translated by Ollie Richardson
The forensic expert of the Ukrainian police Sergey Iskruk who carried out the examination of the tragedy in the Trade Unions Building in Odessa on May 2nd, 2014, complained about being pressurised by the State Office of the Public Prosecutor of Ukraine and local nationalists.
The criminologist came to the conclusion that the inaction of the police and the emergency services became one of the causes of the mass death of people. Being afraid for his life after the conclusion, S. Iskruk recorded a video message. He gave it to friends in Europe with a request to publish it in the event of his disappearance.
“I, Iskruk Sergey Valentinovich, record this video in the event that something happens to me. I will also send it to my friends to Europe. In 2015 I was involved in the examination concerning the events in Odessa on May 2nd, 2014, in the Trade Unions Building. In 2016 the examination by me was released. I gave an answer concerning the cause of the mass death of people. After that the State Office of the Public Prosecutor of Ukraine begun to put pressure on me. At first I was asked to rewrite the conclusions. Then physical measures were used on me. Last time people with stripes of Right Sector approached me on the street and said that they will bring me a new ready examination, which I will have to simply sign. After that I took the decision to leave the territory of Ukraine,” said the expert on video.
The forensic expert also sent an electronic version of the examination concerning the tragedy in the Trade Unions Building. Besides this, he appealed to OSCE Representatives and to the UN to find him in the event of his disappearance and also to ensure the safety of his family.
It should be noted that this is not the first case. In June of this year unknown persons in the center of Odessa attacked Svetlana Podpalaya, who is involved in an independent investigation into the tragedy in the Trade Unions Building.
As a reminder, on May 2, 2014, in Odessa there were clashes between supporters and opponents of “Euromaidan”, which led to mass riots. As a result 48 people died (according to official figures from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine), and nearly 250 more were wounded.
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