This story started a couple of day ago, and is growing more legs than a millipede on roller skates.
Recall that the “official narrative” of the Maidan Revolution, as well as its Western sponsors, WAS [with emphasis on the word “was”] that the Maidan snipers were working on behalf of ex-President (pro-Russian Tyrant, and all-around Bad Guy), Viktor Yanukovych. This incident happened back in February, 2014, at the height of the Maidan protests. These snipers, so the story went, just let loose and killed a hundred random people on the Maidan, in their crazed attempt to crush the Revolution of Dignity.
But now a different narrative is emerging, and it is coming not out of Moscow or pro-Russia bloggers, but out of Kiev itself. Which is the REAL lede here, because pro-Russia bloggers ALWAYS suspected that the snipers were working for the anti-Yanukovych forces.
Here is a summary of the latest:
Yesterday, Ukrainian General Prosecutor confirmed, that leaders of the “Svoboda” political (and parliamentary) party are being investigated for the Maidan killings. The Prosecutor is looking into allegations that the snipers were based in the Hotel “Ukraina” on 20 February, 2014. The UNIAN press quotes a man named Sergei Horbatiuk, from the Special Investigations office of the General Prosecutor. Police conducted forced searches (in one case they had to break down the door) of Svoboda offices. Gorbatiuk confirms that important material evidence was found, and he has requested that Svoboda officials come to the office on 16 October to be questioned.
Yesterday, a Svoboda party official complained that police had gone to Lviv and searched the apartments of three party leaders: Alexander Sych (former Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine); Oleg Pankevych (former parliamentary deputy); and Igor Yankiv (leader of the Party Court [?]).
People’s Deputy Sergei Leshchenko (Poroshenko’s party) confirmed to the press, that the searches were conducted on the basis of a videotape, according to which, shots were fired from Yankiv’s hotel room.
Leshchenko: “It has been established that somewhere around 9:30 AM of the morning of 20 February 2014, the BBC journalist Gabriel Gatehouse was standing near the entrance to the October Palace, along with the protesters. At this time he turned his attention to the open window of Room 1132 of the Hotel Ukraina, out of which, at that moment, came a gunshot. He [Gatehouse] recorded this window on videotape, and a few moments later, when he again trained his camera on it, the window was closed.
“Svoboda Party Deputy Igor Yankiv was staying in Room 1132 at that time. Also staying up on the 11th floor at that time were other Svoboda deputies Pankevych and Sych. One detail, which is little known: Former Deputy Yankiv is a master sportsman and shooting instructor. This served as the basis for the search warrant.”
Analysis of Ruslan Bortnik
The VZGLIAD piece next seeks the opinions in this matter of the Director of the Kiev Institute of Analysis and Management, Ruslan Bortnik. According to Bortnik, the Poroshenko government feels threatened by the radical Right; and this new investigation is part of the process of the political power struggle.
This is the usual analysis, heard everywhere, but Bortnik adds one piquant nnd unusual argument: From a legal point of view, if Yanukovych and his people are absolved of the Maidan shootings, then this would pave the way for their return (not necessarily Yanukovych personally, but his team, his party, and his base voters) to Ukraine. This return would suit Poroshenko and possibly lead to a political “reconciliation” between the Poroshenko people and the old Party of Regions people in the Donbass. “Putting pressure on Svoboda could be seen as a hint [that the people in power are willing to restore] some kind of balance of the elites, a return to the status-quo-ante Maidan,” according to Bortnik.
Bortnik adds that the Donbass exiles enjoy substantial financial resources; and that it wouldn’t take much more than the disgracing of the Radical Right, to entice them to return to the fold. He specifically names such people as Firtash, Klimenko, Arbuzov and Azarov. “All of these people want to return to Ukraine, and it is quite obvious that none of them have anything whatsoever to do with the killing of the people on Maidan.”
And in conclusion….. er, no, better not, just draw your own conclusions…