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 Zhilin could be murdered in campaign to eliminate those involved in Maidan massacre, - Prosecutor Donskoi

Ringleader of the pro-Russian terrorist Oplot organization Yevgeny Zhilin could have been killed as part of the operation to "mop up" those involved in ‘antimaidan’ protests and murders of Heavenly Hundred.

Member of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO) Oleksii Donskoi told Hromadske.UA, Censor.NET reports.

"We investigated Yevgeny Zhilin's activities, in particular, with respect to the events directly related to the slaughter of the Euromaidan activists. Mykola Azarov was mentioned there as well," Donskoi said.

See more: Pro-Russian terrorist media claim SBU ordered hit on Oplot ringleader Zhilin, making 'Novorossia' supporters who earlier took refuge in Russia feel unsafe. PHOTO

However, the prosecutor noted that the PGO would be able to confirm Zhilin's death only after the DNA test.

"After all, his death might have been staged in the finest tradition of Kharkiv's Directorate for Combating Organized Crime, where he learned a lot of things," the PGO member explained.

Earlier, leader of the pro-Russian militants' organization Oplot Yevgeny Zhilin was reported murdered at a restaurant in Gorki-2 village near Moscow Sept. 19.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) earlier said Zhilin was hiding on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Oplot was the Kharkiv-based NGO that emerged from a fight club with the same name. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that Oplot members were involved in abduction and torture of activists as well as the mass arson attack on cars in Kyiv during Euromaidan events.

Read more: "LPR" terrorists jailed for eight years for extortion by Moscow court

Moreover, one of the Oplot leaders Alexander Zakharchenko now runs the "Donetsk People's Republic" terrorist organization.

In March 2014, the Prosecutor's Office of the Kharkiv region initiated criminal proceedings against Oplot leader Yevgeny Zhilin. He was charged of embezzlement of public funds through fictitious firms. Besides, the SBU served Zhilin a notice of suspicion of financing terrorists in April 2015.

July 6, 2015 the Prosecutor General's Office served Yevgeny Zhilin a notice of suspicion of committing crimes under part 4 of article 296, part 2 of article 146, part 2 of article 186, part 1 of article 129 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. He was put on the wanted list and the court issued arrest warrant for him. Two suspects in the same case were imposed pre-trial custody.

 
 
 
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