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 Russia offered to exchange ex-Berkut officers Zinchenko and Abroskin accused of Maidan murders, - Dzerkalo Tyzhnia

Russia at least twice appealed to the Ukraine with a proposal to exchange the former "Berkut" riot police officers Pavlo Abroskin and Serhii Zinchenko accused of killing activists during the Maidan protests.

Censor.NET reports citing Viktoria Morozova's article in Dzerkalo Tyzhnia.

"The confidence of the former Berkut officers accused in murders is quite understandable. Yanukovych's revelations could shake their belief in impunity. Though, the accused officers assure that they won't be exchanged even in the case of admission of their offense. According to our information, "the other side" suggested to exchange Abroskin and Zinchenko at least twice. The response of "this side" is yet unknown," the author says.

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Morozova points out that the former Berkut officers are encouraged with the case of another person involved in Maidan murders - their commander Dmytro Sadovnyk, who managed to escape after the measure of restraint was changed.

According to the author, Ukrainian authorities let Sadovnyk escape after he threatened to reveal some information about the events in Kyiv in Feb. 2014.

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"They say, the ex-commander of special division hinted that he could say something if he is not released. And he was released. We cannot guess what could Sadovnyk say and what guarantees were given to those who made his escape possible," Morozova says.

Former Berkut officers Pavlo Abroskin, Serhii Zinchenko, and their commander Dmytro Sadovnyk were detained in spring 2014. In Oct. 2014, Sadovnyk measure of restraint was changed to house arrest, after which he fled the country.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n417723
 
 
 
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