Crimean “Berkut” beat and looted their prisoners


The co-workers of the Crimean “Berkut” were beating and looting their captives on March, 9.

Kateryna, the wife of one of the detainees – Yevghen Rahno, told this to the Ukrainian newspaper ‘Ukrainska Pravda’. According to her, he is now on his way to Kyiv and has disclosed some details of the two days and nights he spent in the detention center via phone.

In particular, the security forces were beating him and placing a gun to his head. Moreover, they have taken away all of his valuable possessions and money – 600$ and 300 hryvnas. They have also vandalized his vehicle – a Jeep Wrangler.

“I have been inside a camp run by savages”, – Kateryna quoted her husband.

As known, the day before, two groups of journalists and activists were captured, – Kateryna Butko, Oleksandra Ryazanceva, Yevghen Rahno, Oles Kromplias and Olena Maksymenko, at the checkpoint by the entrance to the Crimean territory from the side of Kherson Oblast.

After the search only one of the journalists was released, when his relative owning a Crimean residence permit came to pick him up. The fate of the others detainees is unknown, as there was no connection with them until around 16:00 on the 9th of March.

Later on, information has emerged that the three captured journalists are being taken to the SSU (the Security Service of Ukraine) in Sevastopol, and that the activists of Automaidan are being held at that checkpoint inside Berkut’s camp, with the plans on later on transporting them to Sevastopol, to the base of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation.

Translated by Dasha Darchuk, edited by Alya Shandra


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2 thoughts on “Crimean “Berkut” beat and looted their prisoners

  1. Ohh, very bad- i heard Katya was released a couple of days ago.. The cops and Berkut HATE AutoMaidan with a passion- I interviewed her about still missing protesters for 20 min. Hope she is OK- this is second time she’s been kidnapped.

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