Brazilian Donbass Volunteer Betrayed by His Own Government

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The Brazilian Donbass veteran Rafael Marques Lusvarghi, who was taken hostage by Ukrainian fascists and handed over to the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), remains in Ukrainian custody awaiting trial. Lusvarghi’s lawyer has revealed the details of Lusvarghi’s situation and what has happened to his kidnappers.

In early May, Rafael Marques Lusvarghi was assaulted and violent kidnapped by members of the Ukrainian fascist group S14 from the monastery where he was taking refuge and given to the SBU.

A Kiev court later has since demanded that the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) open a case against the leader of the radical Ukrainian group, Yevgeny Karas, for acts of terrorism and illegal deprivation of liberty, referring to the aggression against Lusvarghi.

The fact that a case was opened against Karas is rather surprising, since the S14 leader admitted to having cooperated with the SBU. This whole case is a testimony to the lawlessness prevailing in post-Maidan Ukraine. 

Speaking about the capture of Lusvarghi, Brazilian lawyer Valentin Rybin reiterated to Ukraina.ru the opinion he has expressed on Facebook, blaming the Brazilian embassy.

According to Rybin, the Brazilian Embassy in Kiev, in particular the consul, sent an official letter to the Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, stating that Lusvarghi was taking refuge in a monastery outside of Kiev.

“I spoke to them, I saw their loyalty to the new Ukrainian course, and I think this was a motivation to provide information to the consul so that he would inform everyone of Rafael,” Rybin said.

The lawyer recalled that both he and his client asked the consul to issue return documents, but the embassy never did.

Rafael is currently awaiting trial and the lawyer believes that this will not be delayed, with a sentence to be made in July most likely.

Between September 2014 and November 2015, Lusvarghi fought in the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic and was subsequently arrested in the Ukrainian capital in October 2016.

In January 2017, the Brazilian was sentenced to 13 years in prison for “acts of terrorism” against the Ukrainian state. However, after some time he was released for possible irregularities in the process and took refuge in a monastery where he was detained by the nationalists in May .supposedly for the purpose of exchanging him for a Ukrainian prisoner of war.

“On December 18, 2017, Rafael Lusvarghi was released from prison precisely in preparation for the exchange [of prisoners] that took place on December 27, 2017…on the condition that Rafael Lusvarghi also received freedom,” said the lawyer.

However, according to Rybin, the Brazilian did not return to the DPR because he had no documents. So he made the decision to go to Brazil from Ukraine after receiving a passport. According to his lawyer, the Ukrainian side made it possible for the Brazilian to return home, but the Brazilian Embassy did not want him to return home.

The lawyer highlighted that cases of this type are time-consuming and difficult to overcome. He also explained that he receives constant threats for defending his client.

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Tommy Jensen
Tommy Jensen
3 years ago

Strange. “the Brazilian Embassy did not want him to return home”, never heard a country refusing their own citizens to return home? Especially Brazil which normally take care of all their citizens?

Nightcrawler136
Nightcrawler136
Reply to  Tommy Jensen
3 years ago

The UK prosocuted an ambulance driver for the DPR, also people who fought for the Kurds in Syria, but let returning Daesh fighters run around claiming benefits and living in social housing, what does that say about western aligned governments.

Tim Hadfield
Tim Hadfield
Reply to  Nightcrawler136
3 years ago

It says a lot.

James
James
Reply to  Tommy Jensen
3 years ago

I think because there may not have been enough support to get Brazil to do the right thing. Governments are ultimately a law unto themselves.

v76
v76
Reply to  Tommy Jensen
3 years ago

Assange would be arrested by his own government and delivered to the merikans…. far worse

AM Hants
AM Hants
3 years ago

Does his Government forget they are part of BRICS, or just follow the US line? Wish the man well and for him to be released soon. Plus thank him for his help and assistance, fighting for an area of Ukraine that is being slaughtered by my Government and their easy to coerce or blackmail friends.

Dr. Pro. Liv.
Dr. Pro. Liv.
Reply to  AM Hants
3 years ago

You can ask same question India…
Politics is trading with interests that prevail…. all the time…One day you win other you lose…

FlorianGeyer
FlorianGeyer
3 years ago

He was rather foolish to leave the DPR in the first place surely ?

Dr. Pro. Liv.
Dr. Pro. Liv.
Reply to  FlorianGeyer
3 years ago

It seams that he really wanted to go back home and that have pushed him to make some bad decisions that he will pay now dearly

FlorianGeyer
FlorianGeyer
Reply to  Dr. Pro. Liv.
3 years ago

He will indeed.

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