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Kataryna Handziuk made enemies in Kherson by campaigning against illegal development.12 February 2019
A ranking politician in southern Ukraine’s Kherson region has been charged with planning the gruesome murder of civic activist Kataryna Handziuk.
Handziuk, an adviser to the mayor of Kherson and a campaigner against illegal development, died in November, three months after being doused with acid, RFE/RL reports.
The head of the Kherson regional council, Vladyslav Manher, could face life imprisonment if convicted of organizing the crime.
Three people detained last year on suspicion of involvement in the attack are in pretrial detention, and two others are under house arrest.
The shocking attack was one of many assaults on civic activists in 2018, several in the nearby city of Odessa.
A document posted on Facebook yesterday by Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko asserts that Manher had “personal animosity” towards Handziuk because of her effort to expose “illegal deforestation” in the region, RFE says.
Manher denied knowing or having any ties with Handziuk.
Manher was a member of Batkivshchyna, the political party headed by Yulia Tymoshenko, the former premier who is contesting the March presidential election.
The party expelled him on 9 February, after he said he was suspending his membership during the investigation, Halya Coynash of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group writes.
On Saturday, police in Kyiv detained 20 ultra-nationalists who staged a protest at a Batkivshchyna rally before Tymoshenko delivered a speech, the Kyiv Post reports.
The protesters demanded a full investigation into Handziuk’s killing. They were released later that day but clashed with police when they re-entered a police station to reclaim their confiscated belongings.
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