Footage recorded by Russian agency Dozhd at a protest on Monday in Moscow revealed a riot control officer who appears to be Sergey Kusyuk, a former commander of the “Berkut” special police force that brutally dispersed protesters in Kyiv in 2014, during Euromaidan. Kusyuk is wanted in Ukraine for his role in the violent police crackdown on protesters in Kyiv in November 2013. This was reported by Meduza agency.
Ukrainian journalists recognized Kusyuk in footage from Monday’s protest at Tverskaya Street in Moscow. In footage from the demonstration, the man in question — a colonel in Russia’s National Guard — is identical to Kusyuk, though there’s no surname visible on his uniform. While serving in the Ukrainian police force in 2013, Kusyuk also held the rank of colonel. In the video recorded at Tverskaya, Kusyuk appears to be coordinating the actions of Moscow riot police, as they managed and dispersed protesters.
Russia’s National Guard has refused to comment officially on Sergey Kusyuk’s possible role in the police response to Monday’s protest in Moscow.
In Ukraine, Kusyuk is charged with exceeding his authority as a police officer and illegally obstructing a political demonstration. In June 2015, he was placed on a wanted list, and the Ukrainian Attorney General announced that Kusyuk had relocated to Russia, adding that he might have found work with the Russian police.
Earlier it was reported that National Police official fired for commemorating Berkut officer. Regional Deputy Head participated in tournament in memory of Berkut officers who died during Maidan.