Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Participants of the Odessa Massacre Must Never Walk Away Free, Officially or Not.

Odessa Massacre Perpertrators May Walk Scot-Free After Parliament's Pardon

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The Participants of the Odessa Massacre Must Never Walk Away Free, Officially or Not.A woman cries during a gatherin in front of the Trade Union House in Odessa, southern Ukraine, on May 2, 2015, in memory of people who died in a fire at the Trade Union House in May 2014
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KIEV (Sputnik) — The bill pardoning those involved in violent clashes and subsequent deadly fire in Odessa on May 2, 2014 was submitted to the Ukrainian parliament Monday, the parliament's press service said.

The text of the draft law has not yet been published, according to the statement.

The initiator of the bill is Ukrainian lawmaker Alexei Goncharenko, who was briefly detained in Russia in March for alleged involvement in Odessa clashes.

Up to 50 people, believed to be anti-Kiev activists, died last year in a blaze at the Trade Unions House in Odessa, a southern Ukrainian port city on the Black Sea.

The activists had taken shelter inside the building after clashes with pro-government football fans. A raging mob hurled Molotov cocktails at the union's house, apparently setting the Soviet-era building alight. Eyewitnesses said later some of those trapped inside died after jumping to death, or being attacked by the crowd.

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