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Murdered journalist accused Ukrainian authorities of surrendering the country’s interests

April 17, 2015, 10:14 UTC+3 KIEV
That part of the Ukrainian elite that calls itself pro-Western just surrenders Ukraine’s interests, Oles Buzina murdered on Thursday in Kiev said in his last interview
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KIEV, April 16. /TASS/. A well-known Ukrainian journalist, Oles Buzina, murdered on Thursday in the country’s capital Kiev, has accused the country’s authorities in his last interview with the Vesti radio station that they are surrendering Ukraine’s interests.

"A political group that had chosen a strictly pro-Western course has seized power in Ukraine as result of coup d’etat," Buzina said. "Naturally, all cooperative ties with Russia in the shipbuilding, aircraft and machine building, where we had very strong positions, were derailed instantly. The country is facing unemployment and lots of people were simply left without money. All promises of the Maidan turned out to be shear storytelling."

Buzina was certain that "the West will never buy Ukrainian diesel locomotives, carriages, gas turbines, aircraft and engines — the West has everything."

"That part of the Ukrainian elite that calls itself pro-Western just surrenders Ukraine’s interests," he said.

Buzina, a well-known Ukrainian journalist, writer and TV presenter, had been shot dead near his home in Kiev from a dark blue Ford Focus with foreign number plates. He was the author of two books, including "Vampire Taras Shevchenko" and "The Union of Plough and Trident". Buzina used to be the editor-in-chief of the Segodnya newspaper but had to quit his post because of censorship in March this year.

The Kiev police said Buzina’s professional activity was the main line in investigation.

Meanwhile, Rachel Denber, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia Division of the Human Rights Watch, told TASS that the investigation into the murder of Ukrainian journalist Oles Buzina should be detailed and unbiased.

Denber is confident that Oles Buzina levelled sharp criticism at the Ukrainian government.

This murder is a "shocking crime" in the context of another murder committed on Wednesday when Oleg Kalashnikov, a former Ukrainian member of parliament of the Party of Regions (that had supported former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich) was shot dead, too.

Also, the Committee to Protect Journalists, an international non-governmental organisation, has condemned Buzina’s murder.

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