On Truth and Iniquity: Results of proceedings in the case against Mykhaylo Havryliuk’s abusers

Today the Pechersk District Court heard  two cases regarding abuse of power and office by internal military officers D.V. Kravets and L.V. Lomonos who,  in performance of their duties, committed unlawful acts degrading human dignity and committed violence and torture against Mykhaylo Havryliuk during the events of Euromaidan. The case resonated widely after a video of the brutal treatment of Havryliuk was made public.

Both court hearings ended with the approval of settlement agreements, a one year probation period with a prohibition against engaging in law enforcement activities, and an obligation to apologize to the victim in writing.

Reading between lines, the case materials reveal an impressive ability to forgive.

Source: Ozon/Озон – громадське спостереження’s Facebook

Translated by Svitlana Gusak, edited by Robin Rohrback

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Mykhailo Havryliuk – Kozak Hero Forgives Torturer Before Trial Sentencing

A Hero is the Beauty of his Shining Spirit: Kozak Havryliuk Forgives Torturer Standing Trial

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A few words about the Good…

Not only does it prevail over Evil, but it also inspires everyone to do good deeds.

Do you recall Kozak Havryliuk? The one who was caught by Berkut on Hrushevskiy Street on about January 22nd, brutally beaten, derided – was stripped naked in the freezing cold (-20C), was kept in a paddy wagon naked for a couple of hours, mocked and humiliated. And this man has maintained his dignity and hasn’t become bitter! His torturers are currently standing trial. The warrant officer who tortured him faces up to 8 years in prison.

“I do not have any claim to this man and I want him to get released, do his own business and raise his children. Why should his child become an orphan, why should his dad be taken away from him? I think that it will be a much better lesson than 8…

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A Crime against Humanity

On January 23-24, 2014 online resources and central TV channels published a video where a man was cruelly and publicly tortured by law enforcement authorities in Ukraine. The event consisted of the following actions: during the confrontation on Hrushevskoho street in Kyiv, “Berkut” riot police officers took one of the protesters, Mykhailo Havryluk, hostage. Havryluk is a citizen of Ukraine, from the Khotyn district of Chernivtsi Oblast. He was dragged through the snow covered street and taken to another part of Hrushevskoho Street which was controlled by the “Berkut” riot police and internal security troops, by whom Mykhailo was cruelly beaten. Afterwards, with the temperature at minus 10-15 Celsius, he was stripped of his clothes and beaten again while he was lying on the ground naked and helpless. Continue reading