Two political left-wing activists were nearly kidnapped in the city of Kharkov on May 20th 2014. Police was by-standing the event and watching – in the end it even guarded the kidnappers. Denis Levin and fellow Borotba activist Svetlana Licht were brutally attacked at the end of a rally against the government and fascism near the Lenin monument at Freedom-Square in Kharkov by unknown individuals who are probably Right Sector paramilitary members and Neo-Nazis. The armed and masked persons pulled up in a van, grabbed Denis Levin, beat him and handcuffed him. They put Svetlana Licht in a choke-hold as she tried to help Levin. Fortunately, activists leaving the rally and bystanders rushed to their aid and managed to free them. Police did not intervene to help the activists or arrest the attackers, even after one of the “men in black” fired warning shots in the air.
Shouting in the crowd: Stealing a human! Trying to steal a person! Police!
Woman: No! No! NO! Help!!!
Crowd: Police! Don’t touch her!
Woman: Release him! Don’t touch!
Crowd: People! People! Right sector here!
Person: They are killing me! They are killing me!
[Shooting in the air…]
Person: They are shooting! #$%
Person: Help him! (telling to the police officer)
Person: They came on that car!
While the ministry of interior is denying any involvement of itself or the police in this action a video appeared which is clearly showing that the armed and masked men are able to flee the scene with the help of the police. While bystanders are clearly showing the police that a kidnapping is taking place, the police is just watching the scene. Afterwards policemen are even guarding the van in which the armed and masked men arrived and now are hiding.
Official statements of the public authorities: “The law enforcement authorities determined all circumstances of the acts of hooliganism the unknown individuals committed at freedom square late on Tuesday”, the police said. “Neither representatives of political parties nor law enforcers have anything to do with this incident,” the PR department of the Interior Ministry main department for the Kharkov region said.