Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The fact that Ukrainian nationalists in the first Chechen war fought on the side of militants has been known for a long time. They, in their majority members of UNA-UNSO, also never hid that they “hit Russians on their territory”. They were even proud of it. Aleksandr Muzychko, Dmitry Yarosh, Dmitro Korchinsky, Oleg Tyahnybok, Igor Mazur… Of course, it is hardly possible to describe as a coincidence the fact that many years later these people became the main driving force behind Maidan. They went to it, after receiving the baptism of fire in Chechnya. And even the highest awards of mythical “Republic of Ichkeria” – the award “Honour of the Nation”. Sashko Bilyi, for example, was awarded this rank. And also – Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who the investigative committee put on the international wanted list.
“Russia’s Investigative Committee has evidence of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s involvement in execution and torture of Russian servicemen during the hostilities in the Russian region of Chechnya in 1995,” reported the official representative of the Investigative Committee Svetlana Petrenko. “And also in the tortures and executions of captured Russian servicemen in the Oktyabrsky district of Grozny on January 7th, 1995.”
The head of the Investigative Committee of Russia Aleksandr Bastrykin also spoke about Yatsenyuk’s participation in crimes in Chechnya in an interview: “According to the information that is available to us, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, among other active participants of UNA-UNSO, in December, 1995, was awarded the highest award of Dzhokhar Dudayev ‘Honor of the nation’ for the extermination of Russian military personnel. The interrogated colleagues of Yatsenyuk characterize him as an educated, clever, but at the same time cunning and resourceful person, as it could be said – someone who from his early years aspired to have power and publicity. At the beginning of 1995 Arseniy Yatsenyuk, as a part of a group of journalists, came back to Ukraine via Georgia. Later he was repeatedly noticed at congresses and other actions of UNA-UNSO in Kiev”.
Why has this information emerged right now? Probably this is a result of investigation of the activity of other nationalists of UNA-UNSO, which last year was condemned in Russia. I recall Nikolay Karpyuk and Stanislav Klyk, who were involved in battles with the Russian army, were sentenced in Chechnya to 22.5 and 20 years respectively. Earlier, in the Shatoi court their colleague Aleksandr Malofeyev received 24.5 years of high security imprisonment. Having arrived in 2014 to Russia they, probably, thought that they their deeds had been long forgotten. But as practice has shown, the Russian Themis for such crimes has no statue of limitation. And it is what Arseniy Yatsenyuk was reminded of recently. By the way, the Investigative Committee sent all case materials to Interpol.
“The investigative committee intended to seek the conviction of Yatsenyuk in accordance with the Russian legislation, using all legal instruments of the international law,” emphasized Svetlana Petrenko.
The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov hurried to report to all through his Facebook that Interpol refused to Russia its appeal for the announcement of an international search for the former Prime Minister of Ukraine and the “People’s Front” party leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. According to the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the International Criminal Police Organization took into account his address in which he asked to deny the request of the Russian law enforcement authorities.
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