Russia opens Criminal Probe into Odessa Massacre on May 2, 2014
nsnbc : The Russian Investigative Committee launches a criminal investigation into the attempted murder of Russian nationals during the massacre in a Odessa Trade Union building in Ukraine in May 2014.
The spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin, said that the Committee is launching a criminal probe and lodges charges pertaining an attempt on Russian national’s lives during the Odessa massacre in an Ukrainian Trade Union building in the city of Odessa.
Because of what citizens of Odessa describe as flawed investigation there is uncertainty about the actual number of people who were murdered during the massacre. Figures vary between 46 and more than 100 victims. Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Markin said:
“The main Investigative Department of Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal probe against persons from the Right Sector (Pravy Sector) and Maidan Self-Defence, radically minded nationalist armed formations and fans of Ukrainian football clubs as well as officials of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry and Security Service”.
The spokesman of the Investigative Committee added that charges were lodged for the attempt on the lives of people.
The Massacre in Odessa — a Premeditated, well-prepared mass murder.
On the afternoon of may 2, 2014, riots erupted in the Ukrainian city of Odessa when a crowd of Ukrainian ultra-nationalists attacked a group of people near a Ukrainian Trade Union building in the city, forcing a large number of people to flee into the building in Ulitze Gretcheskaya (Gretcheskaya Street).
Investigators and eyewitnesses reported that the assailants primarily belonged to football fans from the Ukrainian city of Kharkov, members and sympathizers of the overtly National Socialist Pravy Sector, as well as radical representatives of the so-called Maidan self-defense forces who had gathered for a march in Odessa before attacking people at the Trade Union building.
Official figures state that forty-two were killed during the massacre that ensued inside and outside of the building which was set ablaze. Among them a pregnant woman inside the building who was strangulated with a telephone cord, where after her murderers shouted out of the window to the crowd, boasting”We Offed Mama Odessa”.
Official figures claim 200 had to seek medical help after the massacre. Local witnesses and people who conducted a detailed photo documentation of the aftermath, however, reported that about 120 may indeed have been murdered during the massacre.
Eyewitnesses and photographic documentation strongly suggest that the massacre was premeditated and carefully planned.
Photographic evidence shows, among other, that the assailants had infiltrated the building before the massacre occurred. Some of them have been photographed on the roof of the building.
Witnesses reported that the access to the roof and other escape routes, including the main staircase and the main entrance had been blocked while people inside the building were murdered in cold blood. Many were shot, others succumbed to smoke inhalation. Serious doubts have been cast on the investigation of the massacre by Ukrainian authorities which was largely described as a whitewash or cover-up of a premeditated massacre.
CH/L – nsnbc 29.10.2014
Note: nsnbc international published a detailed photo documentation of the massacre. Reader discretion is advised. nsnbc advises that children and youth do not read the photo documentation without parental or adult supervision. nsnbc decided to publish the photo documentation for the sake of historical accuracy and to inform the public about the facts as they unfolded and their grueling aftermath.