April 16, 2016 is a one year anniversary of the murder of an outspoken Ukrainian journalist Oles Buzina. Oles’ assassination was the third in a row of political killings within four days: Sergey Sukhobok (April 13, 2015); Oleg Kalashnikov (April 15, 2015); and Oles Buzina (April 16, 2015).
Why are the Western media silent about these political assassinations? And all of this happened after 9 “mysterious suicides” in Ukraine within 2 months before the assassination of Oles.
Oles Buzina gunned down in the street by Ukrainian neo-Nazis:
One can only see a few tweets from Russia and Ukraine based Western journalists labeling the victim as “Pro-Russian” and “anti-Maidan.” In this way they want to implicitly legitimize and minimize the value of this cold-blooded murder. You almost hear them saying “this assassination is cool, move on.”
One of the top officials – an adviser to Ukrainian interior minister Anton Geraschenko commented these murders: “Easter gifts or each beast will get what they deserve”.
Anton Geraschenko went even further and began gathering and publishing names, addresses and other identifying information of those whose opinions differ from the coup installed Ukrainian regime.
Two people were arrested on April 18, 2015 in connection with Oles’ murder. Andriy Medevko and Denys Polischuk, both are members of Ukrainian neo-Nazi paramilitary forces. Medevko is a member of the extreme right paramilitary battalion, Kyiv-2. Polischuk is a member of the UNSO Battalion. It is an arm of the Social National Assembly, a fascist party.
The arrests of Oles Buzina’s alleged killers occurred as an internal squabble erupted between officials of the Kyiv government and leaders of another right-wing battalion. On June 17, Ruslan Onishchenko and seven of his cohorts in the ‘Tornado Battalion’ were arrested by Ukrainian police at the request of Gennedy Moskal, the appointed ‘governor’ of the Ukraine-controlled territory of Lugansk region.
They are accused of smuggling for profit as well as lawless actions against civilians, including thefts, assaults, kidnappings and torture.
Those were bad times for Ukraine’s battalions. On June 11, the U.S. Congress voted to ensure that no funding or military training or equipping would go to the so-called Azov Battalion because of its openly neo-Nazi identification.
Days later one of two men arrested for the murder of Oles, Denis Polishchuk, was released. Denis was behind the wheel of the car from which other suspect, Andriy Medevko, shot Oles. An anonymous source put up the nearly 5 million hryvnia bail (equivalent to $232,000 US) for Polishchuk’s release.
Ukrainian nationalists celebrate release of Denis Polishchuk:
Several months later huge rally was held by Ukrainian nationalists and other members of far right movement demanding the release of an incarcerated murder suspect. Protesters lit flares as they marched through the streets of Kiev to the headquarters of the public prosecutor. The protest was organized by a range of Ukrainian far-right and nationalist groups, including the Svoboda Party, Right Sector and members of right-wing paramilitary battalions.
Video, Nationalists demand release of Buzina murder suspect at Kiev rally:
Eventually Andriy Medevko was released to house arrest and eventually he was released on his own recognizance in March, 2016, before the final court. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a precedence where murder suspect is released on his own recognizance before his court date, only in Ukraine. Threats to the presiding judge and burning of her office by the nationalists might have helped to influence the decision.
People in Kiev post Oles’ pictures on city walls as a social protest against political killings:
“Short history of Ukraine” – one of the last interviews with Oles Buzina: