Monday, February 03, 2014

A little more

I will translate a little more. There are quite a few news articles, blog posts, Facebook/VK updates about Andrei Nalivaiko and the killing of the local police officer, but only in Russian. It seems that more English speakers are getting interested, so I'll see what I can do to help.

First, if you do read Russian, you can read with me. These are the main sites I'm getting local news from (some of it is quite interesting these days!):
Херсон Онлайн
Мост
Типичный Херсон
(And I'm still figuring out who and what these newspapers are. All of them seem to be rather, um, free.)

Specific bits of recommended reading:
"Рэмбо" из Херсона
Нападение на херсонских милиционеров: много вопросов и минимум ответов
Друзья подозреваемого в убийстве херсонского милиционера не верят в поножовщину

Here is the next article after what I translated in my last post. It is somewhat old news, but since I pretty much started from the beginning, it makes sense to continue with this.
At KhNTU They Don't Believe the Story of Students Attaching Police
Students and teachers at Kherson National Technical University don't believe in the guilt of the students of this institution that was supposedly the location of the attack on police January 27.
Students and teachers of KhNTU informed us of this. However, in order to avoid sanctions from the leadership of the institution, they asked that we not give their first and last names.
According to the words of the students, yesterday's event looked something like this: in the evening a group of more than ten unknown men in regular clothes began to "stick" to several students of KhNTU, students that really are known to be activists of the local Euromaidan. The unknown men, who were clearly not student-age, insulted the students and even threatened them with pistols. The scared students ran on to the campus of KhNTU, where they called the police and reported the threats. However, when the police who had been called arrived, the apparently didn't want to register the students' statements and wanted to leave. After long discussion, the police finally did start to write down the students' testimonies. All of this took place in the student dormitory.
At the moment when they were taking the statements, those same unknown men who had threatened the students burst into the dormitory. The attackers, with pistols, forced everyone--including the police--to lie down on the floor. After that, under threat of using their weapons, they took the students with whom they had had conflict outside--"to figure it out." [I heard elsewhere that they actually carried Andrei out bodily and rammed the door open with his head!] After that, the police came to and followed them out. It is not entirely clear exactly what happened outside the dormitory, but the newly arrived police reinforcements kept only the students who had earlier called the police. None of the aggressive people in civilian clothing were detained.
That is the story. It is actively spreading and being discussed at KhNTU. Students of the university are convinced that their fellow students were victims of provocation by "titushki," or even members of special police forces. According to the words of the students, this is indicated by the unexpected highly professional ability of the detainees to use a knife, which had not been noticed before. It is known that police detained two students from KhNTU on suspicion of attacking law enforcement. There is also information that students of other universities are being held with them.
In KhNTU right now people are saying that it is urgently necessary to get lawyers to defend the detained students, and people are ready even for mass protests.
We note that today (January 28), at 12:30 the leaders of Kherson regional Interior Ministry will hold a press conference, at which, obviously, they will talk about what actually happened near Kherson National Technical University. [The press conference just left everyone more confused.]
After this I'll probably go back to my usual blogging about cute kids and fun days. But please don't forget to pray for Ukraine and Andrei and many other people involved! If I hear anything new, or have some extra free time, I can translate more, too.

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