Dnipro District Administrative Court decided to ban the public organization ‘Union of Soviet Officers’. According to the resolution, the court ruled out the decision, having examined the materials and listened to the testimony of witnesses regarding the events of March 2014. This was reported by Radio Svoboda.
According to one of the witnesses in the case, public activist Lyudmyla Kostryukova, in March 2014 this public association "committed actions aimed at the elimination of Ukraine's independence, called upon the neighboring state to violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine."
"They continued their unlawful activities even in May 2017, when on May 9, near the monument to General Pushkin, women with Ukrainian symbolic were threatened with violence," Ludmyla Kostryukova said.
As another witness Andrei Kulish noted in court, he repeatedly, together with other public activists, observed the activities of the Union of Soviet Officers and statements made at their meetings. According to him, at rallies in March 2014, members of the organization declared that they were "waiting for the Russian liberation army."
Defendants - representatives of the ‘Union of Soviet Officers’ - did not appear in court on Thursday.
Earlier in a commentary to Radio Svoboda, head of the ‘Union of Soviet Officers’ Viktor Marchenko said that he considered the charges against the organization to be groundless. He does not deny that in spring of 2014 he raised the Russian tricolor near the Mayor's Office, but solely "as a sign of friendship between Ukraine and Russia": the opponents at that time also used non-Ukrainian symbols - the flags of the European Union.
The plaintiff in this case was the city Justice Department. The defendant is a public organization called ‘Union of Soviet Officers’, accused of calling for the overthrow of power and pro-Russian propaganda - in particular, in March 2014 members of the organization raised a Russian flag on the flagstaff in front of the city council building. The lawsuit against the organization's activities was registered in June 2014.
Earlier it was reported about far-right and pro-Russian activists' brawl in Odesa. The police broke up the opposing sides as the locals celebrated the 73rd anniversary of the city’s liberation from the Nazis.