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Right Sector activist Muzychko accidentally shot himself — Ukraine’s vice-chief prosecutor

April 22, 2014, 14:17 UTC+3

It happened when he was offering resistance to police officers that were detaining him, Alexei Baganets said

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Oleksandr Muzychko (archive)

Oleksandr Muzychko (archive)


KIEV, April 22. /ITAR-TASS/. One of the leaders of the far-right extremist organization Right Sector, Oleksandr Muzychko (also known as Sashko Bily) accidentally shot himself when offering resistance to police officers that were detaining him.

Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Alexei Baganets made this statement at a session of interim investigative commission of the Verkhovna Rada that was engaged in investigating the circumstances of Muzychko’s death.

Muzychko’s body with gunshot wounds near the heart was found in the night on March 25 near Barmaki village not far from the city of Rivne. On the same day, the Interior Ministry stated that he was fatally wounded by the servicemen of special task unit Sokol during a raid aimed at his detention in the Rivne region.

Upon results of internal investigation, the Interior Ministry of Ukraine admitted April 2 that the actions of members of the special task unit Sokol during Muzychko’s detention were lawful.


Demands of the Right Sector

The Right Sector claims that Muzychko “was intentionally shot” by the members of the special task unit Sokol and believe that parliament-appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov is guilty. The Right Sector demanded Avakov’s immediate resignation and arrest of everyone involved in the radical’s death.

The movement’s leader Dmytro Yaroch threatened to take vengeance for Muzychko’s death.

March 28, more than 500 people gathered in front of the Verkhovna Rada house demanding to suspend the interior minister. The major part of the rallying was people from the Right Sector. The new Ukrainian authorities call the rally a provocation.


Russia’s claims against Muzychko

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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