“Opposition Bloc” Estimated Number of Victims of Repression in Ukraine

Translated by Ollie Richardson



The Ukrainian political party “Opposition bloc” declared that in Ukraine since the beginning of 2014 about 50,000 people were subject to political repression, and about 100 were in a place of imprisonment for political reasons.

The “Opposition bloc” has began collecting facts about political repressions, and violations of human rights and freedoms of citizens of the post-Maidan regime in Ukraine. According to information available to the “Opposition block”, in Ukraine from January 2014 to date, about 50,000 people have suffered from political persecution and repression,” it is said in the party statement, released on the website of the “Opposition bloc”.

In political power consider that the opposition in Ukraine is deprived of the right to parliamentary and political activity, and the media and citizens who criticize the government are “subject to threats and repression”.

“About 100 people have suffered from criminal prosecution for political reasons and inflated charges, and some of them have been or are in prison… Political persecution of dissidents led to the deaths of 59 people, who were either killed or driven to suicide,” added the “Opposition bloc”.

The main square in Kiev — Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) was occupied by supporters of European integration on November 21st, 2013, immediately after the statement of the government of Mykola Azarov to suspend the signing of the Association agreement with the EU. Later, Maidan became the epicenter of confrontation between security forces and radicals. As the result of the confrontation, during which the opposition repeatedly used firearms and “Molotov cocktails”, there were dozens of casualties on both sides.

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The reason for mass actions was the night dispersal of a student rally on 30th November, 2013, in the center of Kiev and also clashes between radicals and police near the presidential administration on 1st December, 2013.

On the 22nd of February, 2014, in Ukraine there was a change of power with signs of a coup. President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted from the Rada. Yanukovych said that he was forced to leave Ukraine under the threat of violence.

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