Russia’s Foreign Ministry accused Ukraine of non-sufficient protection of lawyer Yuriy Grabosky who protected Alexandr Alexandrov in Ukrainian court.
Alexandrov and his comrade-in-arms Yevgeniy Yerofeev were detained in Luhansk region in May 2015; they took part in the Donbas conflict, siding with Russia-backed militants. As they resisted arrest and opened fire, Ukrainian troops detained them and brought them to court in Kyiv. The Russians are charged with a number of breaches of the Ukrainian law, including violation of the state’s sovereignty.
“Kyiv authorities couldn’t or didn’t want to protect Yuriy Grabovsky. Ukraine seems to not adhere to rightful methods or get over something, which contravenes the established order, based on anti-Russian hysteria. Switching to intimidation and physical extermination of dissidents, and now even lawyers, witnesses that anti-democratic, totalitarian tendencies grow in Ukraine; these tendencies are not in line with European norms of morality and supremacy of law, which is one of favorite topics in Kyiv”, reads the message released by the Ministry’s press service.
Yuriy Grabovsky, lawyer of Alexandr Alexandrov, serviceman of the Russian GRU (Chief Reconnaissance Department of Russia), disappeared earlier this month. The National Police issued a missing person's alert. According to Ukraine’s Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoliy Matios, Grabovsky was shot dead in woods not far from Zhashkiv town, Cherkasy region, central Ukraine. He was kidnapped in Odesa, drugged and brought to Kyiv. Later, he was brought to Zhashkiv, killed and buried. His body was found in small hours of March 25.
Matios insisted Russian special services were behind the murder.