Previously I had posted this piece about the murder of Ukrainian citizen Yury Grabovsky, the lawyer of a Russian soldier named Alexander Alexandrov. Alexandrov had been captured and detained in the Ukraine, on charges of being a Russian “GRU” spy sent in to destabilize the country. Alexandrov acquired the legal representation of a man named Yury Grabovsky. Grabovsky disappeared around 9 March, and his murdered, tortured body was discovered a couple of weeks later, on 25 March. Since then Ukrainian police/prosecutors have been half-heartedly seeking “the usual suspects”, i.e., Ukrainian neo-Nazi militias and political bandits. Who are rarely held accountable and almost always get away with their crimes.
A couple of days ago there was a new development. The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s office released a video which was taken probably just before Grabovsky’s death. The video was posted by Russian outlet LifeNews and can be seen here as well. The video was presented at a news briefing by Ukrainian Prosecutor Anatoly Matios.
In the video Grabovsky can be seen (just his head and shoulders) through a doorway into the room (where most likely he has been imprisoned). He is asked questions by his unseen captors (who are most likely holding a gun to his head).
Here is a quick breakdown of this short but chilling video:
Grabovsky’s initial statement: “I, Attorney Yury Leonidovich Grabovsky, promise, and compel myself to cease providing legal assistance to the defendant, Alexander Anatolievich Alexandrov, within the framework of the criminal process which is taking place in the Goloseevsky Regional Courthouse in Kiev.”
Offscreen voice of kidnapper: “Why?”
Grabovsky (thinking about it for a second): “Because… I consider it impossible to continue to defend him in this trial.”
Offscreen voice of kidnapper: “Why is it impossible?”
Offscreen voice of kidnapper: “Do you understand the mistake which you made?”
Grabovsky (slight smirk): “Yes, I understand my mistake.”
Offscreen voice of kidnapper: “Thank you.”