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Murder of Veremiy. SBI submits the case of five titushkas to court

19.08.2022, 12:30

The State Bureau of Investigation, under the procedural guidance of the Prosecutor General's Office, has completed the pre-trial investigation in the criminal case against five titushkas involved in the murder of journalist Vyacheslav Veremiy, which happened during the Revolution of Dignity. This is reported on the SBI website.

The investigators have submitted the indictment to court.

The investigation established that on the night of February 19, 2014, at the intersection of Volodymyrska and Velyka Zhytomyrska streets in Kyiv, the accused persons murdered Veremiy. These same persons are suspected of attempts to kill other protesters, causing them bodily harm, as well as stealing weapons and ammunition from the reserves of the Kyiv Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

"Regarding these five defendants, the SBI's pre-trial investigation was special  (in absentia) due to their hiding from the pre-trial investigation body on the territory of the russian federation and on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine. According to the investigation, some of them are participating in the aggression against Ukraine as part of the paratrooper formations of the so-called 'DPR,'" the message reads.

They are being charged with several criminal offenses, including premediated murder (Article 115 of the Criminal Code), the punishment for which includes life imprisonment.

In addition, it is noted that two titushkas of this group have already been deemed guilty and are serving sentences for the mentioned crimes, and the trial of four more people is currently ongoing.

Vyacheslav Veremiy, a journalist of the Vesti newspaper, was murdered on the night of February 19, 2014, at the intersection of Volodymyrska and Velika Zhytomyrska streets in Kyiv. He was first brutally beaten by titushkas, and then received a fatal gunshot wound. The journalist died in an emergency hospital. One of the attackers, who beat Veremia with a bat, turned out to be 41-year-old athlete Yuriy Krysin.

On December 22, 2017, the Shevchenkiv District Court of Kyiv sentenced the person accused of being involved in the journalist's murder, Yury Krysin, to four years in prison with a two-year probation period under the article "Hooliganism."

On June 13, 2018, the Court of Appeal of the city of Kyiv changed the sentence of Yury Krysin, accused of being involved in the murder of Vyacheslav Veremiy, sentencing him to five years in prison.

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