Translated from Russian by J.Hawk
On the eve of the march to commemorate the murdered
politician Boris Nemtsov, police arrested a Verkhovna Rada deputy Aleksey
Goncharenko, according to RIA Novosti. He may become the defendant in a
criminal case which Russia’s Investigative Committee launched in connection
with the events in Odessa on May 2, 2014.
Moscow MVD confirmed Goncharenko’s arrest. He will be
transferred to the care of the investigators for processing. According to
Interfax, the reason for his arrest has not been made known.
On May 2, 2014, Right Sector nationalists and their
supporters attacked the Anti-Maidan camp on the Kulikovo Polye, then set on
fire the Trade Union House where the protesters took refuge. 48 people were
killed, over 200 were wounded; those who managed to escape the fire were
cruelly beaten by the nationalists. Ukraine’s investigation has not identified
the guilty parties, even though it acknowledged it was planned. However, no
nationalists were arrested.
Goncharenko in Moscow prior to his arrest:
J.Hawk’s Comment: It’s not unprecedented for a Rada deputy
to be held in a criminal case—Savchenko is also a Rada deputy, and there does
not appear any prospect of her being released. The Odessa case is even more
important to bring to a close-we’ll soon see whether Goncharenko is about to
enjoy an extended stay in Russia.