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Suspected Ukrainian gunman put on international wanted list

March 07, 2014, 12:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against Oleksandr Muzychko for participation in combat actions on the side of Chechen warlords Khattab and Basayev against Russian servicemen
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Russian special forces in Chechnya in 2000 (archive)

Russian special forces in Chechnya in 2000 (archive)

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MOSCOW, March 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian citizen Oleksandr Muzychko nicknamed Sashko Bily was put on international wanted list on suspicions of killing Russian servicemen.

“Today Muzychko was named as a defendant and was put on international wanted list. A petition to put him in custody was filed in Yessentuki city court in southern Russia’s Stavropol territory,” spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Friday.

The Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against Oleksandr Muzychko for participation in combat actions on the side of Chechen warlords Khattab and Basayev against Russian servicemen, spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin reported.

“Main investigative department of the Russian Investigative Committee in the North Caucasian Federal District opened a criminal case against Ukrainian citizen Oleksandr Muzychko, nicknamed Sashko Bily, under Article 209 Part 1 of Russian Criminal Code for formation of a gang to attack Russian citizens and rule it,” Markin said.

“This criminal case was opened over information obtained in investigation of the clash between illegal armed units led by warlords Shamil Basayev and Khattab and servicemen of the Pskov airborne division near village Ulus-Kert in Chechnya in 2000,” he added.

 

Muzychko killed not less than 20 Russian soldiers

Muzychko and other members of the ‘Ukrainian National Assembly — Ukrainian National Self Defense’ (UNA-UNSO) party took part in battles against Russian servicemen during the storm of Grozny and brutally tortured the captives, killing them after that. He is responsible for murders of not less than 20 Russian soldiers, spokesperson for Russia’s Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass.

One of the UNA-UNSO members gave testimonies.

“In 1994-1995, Muzychko and other UNA-UNSO members participated in fights with servicemen of the federal forces during the storm of Grozny. In January 1995, the examinant was repeatedly witnessing Muzychko brutally torturing the captive servicemen and then killing them,” Markin said.

“All in all, in this period Muzychko personally tortured and then killed not less than 20 captive servicemen of the federal forces, demanding the information that he needed,” Markin added.

The Investigative Committee spokesperson also said that, when torturing, Muzychko broke the fingers on the hands of army officers, put out eyes, pulled out their nails and teeth with plies, cut throat to some of them, and shot dead the others. “Thus, with his actions he showed others his hate to Russian servicemen,” Markin added.

The interrogated UNA-UNSO member also reported other facts of crimes against Russian servicemen in Chechnya committed by Muzychko and other UNA-UNSO members in 1994-2000.

“In the course of photo identification, he recognized Muzychko as the person who together with him fought at the side of militants in Chechnya,” Markin said.

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