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Moscow concerned about investigation of political murders in Ukraine — Russian diplomat

April 23, 2015, 17:57 UTC+3 MOSCOW

According to Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and Supremacy of Law Konstantin Dolgov, Ukraine is flooded with a wave of political terror

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Konstantin Dolgov

Konstantin Dolgov

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MOSCOW, April 23. /TASS/. International pressure on Kiev to investigate political murders will only grow, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and Supremacy of Law Konstantin Dolgov said on Thursday.

"Ukraine is flooded with a wave of political terror. Over the last weeks, months, a number of significant political, civil leaders, journalists were killed, who, according to their civil position, expressed views different from Kiev’s," Dolgov said. "Then, a wave of so-called ‘suicides’ started," he noted.

"We are convinced that effective investigation should be conducted," the diplomat continued. "We heard a number of statements from international institutions calling for such investigation, including from international journalist associations," he added.

Those responsible for such crimes, as well as for killing Russian journalists in Ukraine’s south-east, "must be punished," Dolgov said. "Those crimes still remain without investigation and punishment [of those guilty] as well," the diplomat noted.

"Are there doubts that it [investigation] will be conducted by Ukrainian authorities? Of course, they are," the commissioner said. "So far, we haven’t seen any effective investigations and verdicts," he stressed.

"Whether it will be the same this time, I don’t know," Dolgov said. "In any case, we are concerned about attempts by a number of Ukrainian lawmakers to put blame on somebody else, generate myths, express absurd suggestions," he added.

"If the practical line of investigation follows this absurdity, I think the crimes will remain unsolved and unpunished," he noted. "I think international pressure on Kiev will only grow for justice to gain the upper hand," the diplomat concluded.

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