The Verkhovna Rada Refused to Create a New Commission to Investigate the Odessa Massacre

The Parliament of Ukraine refused to establish, at the initiative of the opposition, a temporary investigation commission to investigate the mass disorder in Odessa on May 2nd 2014, where 48 people [according to the government’s data – ed] died due to clashes with radicals. Such a decision was supported by only 79 deputies from the necessary minimum of 226 votes.

According to the decree, the main task of the investigation commission was to investigate the events during the disorder, including the causes that contributed to their emergence and development. It was also supposed to work to identify the organisers, instigators, accomplices, and perpetrators of the unlawful acts committed during the disorder, and to decide if the actions of law enforcement was lawful and if they complied with the law.

The commission was supposed to include 18 deputies from different factions of the Verkhovna Rada.

The head of the parliamentary investigation commission was proposed to elect the deputy from the “Opposition Platform – For Life” party Nikolay Skorik and his deputy – a deputy from the faction “Servant of the People” Aleksey Leonov. The Commission had to work for six months, and as a result of the work – to submit a report to the Rada.

RIA Novosti

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