Another media storm is about to begin as Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych readies to testify in court on November 28. He will speak to a Ukrainian court via a video link from Russia in the trial of five former riot police officers accused of shooting dozens of demonstrators during the 2014 Euromaidan protests.
On November 25, a handful of protesters belonging to the nationalist ‘Right Sektor’ group prevented the five accused men of being brought to court. The demonstrators said they feared the five accused men would be set ‘free’.
The Ukrainian court may have been ‘pressured by Moscow’ in order to include Yanukovych as one of the witnesses in the case, Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs, announced during a live television program on November 27.
He is not the first to criticize the Ukrainian court of including the former president’s testimony. Ukraine's Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov has said that the ministry will refuse to provide an 'information platform' for Yanukovych. The Ukrainian government accuses the fugitive former president of orchestrating the killings of over 100 protesters during the pro-EU protests in Kyiv.
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