Anti-Maidan activist walks free, acquitted in kidnapping case

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hnat Kromsky was previously charged with being an accomplice in the act of kidnapping of Vladyslav Ivanenko
14:55, 22 September 2021

Darnytsia district court of Kyiv released from custody Hnat Kromsky, known as the activist of anti-Maidan movement. The man has been acquitted in the kidnapping case where he was previously identified as an accomplice. Lawyer Oleksandr Shadrin said so in the commentary for UNN news agency.

Kromsky is widely known by his callsign Topaz, which he received during the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine in early 2014. 

The man was previously charged with being an accomplice in the act of kidnapping committed by a group of people. That could have resulted in five years behind the bars.

In January 2014, a group of culprits kidnapped Vladyslav Ivanenko, mistakenly identified as the activist of Euromaidan movement. Ivanenko was taken to the forest and tortured. The criminals tried to make him reveal the "sources of funding of Euromaidan", but eventually they let him go. The investigation assuemd that Kromsky was the accomplice of that group of kidnappers.

Related: Anti-Maidan activist sentenced for eight years in prison

Hnat Kromsky comes from Kharkiv. During the events of the Revolution of Dignity, he served as a guard in the Mariinksy part in Kyiv. The pro-Russian activist also was among those trying to capture the building of Kharkiv regional administration in March 2014. In January 2018, the court in Kharkiv announced himn guilty of an attempt on Ukraine's territorial integrity, mass riots and illegal seizure of a vehicle. The court sentenced him to eight years in jail with confiscation of entire property. In late 2018, he was released on the decision of a different court. In 2020, Kromsky was detained again, when it appeared that Vladyslav Ivanenko, the same man kidnapped in 2014 was on the wanted list in Donetsk region.

Related: Kharkiv court bans NGO that participated in Anti-Maidan

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