Elena Bondarenko in the Bundestag: The Maidan Junta Jailed the Victims of the Odessa Massacre, and Not the Perpetrators

Translated by Ollie Richardson



On July 11th open hearings on the subject “The state of freedom of speech and rights in Ukraine” took place in the Bundestag. 
The former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Elena Bondarenko dedicated her speech to the topic of political prisoners in Ukraine.

In particular, speaking about the investigation into the Odessa tragedy on May 2nd, 2014, Bondarenko said that “those who were attacked, burned, assaulted, and now wait for false sentences are sat in Ukrainian prisons, and not those who attacked people, burned them, and assaulted them”.


“I.e., the victims were jailed, and not the attackers. These people are in fact political prisoners. These are those people who didn’t agree with ‘Maidan’, came to Kulikovo Field, and tried to defend their opinion, and as a result some of them were killed, burned in the most barbaric way. It was one of the most terrible, horrific tragedies,” stressed Bondarenko.

It should be noted that this is the first time in the 4 years since the coup d’etat that such sensitive issues as being raised at such a high official level: political prisoners, torture, the murders and assault of journalists, and censorship in the media.

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