: No end in sight for the 2013 Euromaidan beatings trial
Society11:14 Jun. 11, 2016
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No end in sight for the 2013 Euromaidan beatings trial

Former Berkut officers face up to 5 years in prison if convicted

The trial against former Berkut officers accused of violently dispersing Euro-maidan protesters in the fall of 2013 is expected to last at least until the end of this year.

Only 10 out of the 84 victims have been questioned so far. The prosecution also has yet to question nearly 100 witnesses.

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The accused are former high-ranking Berkut officials. Two of them have retired quietly from the police force, and some even got a raise while on trial for beating dozens of students and innocent bystanders.

Yaroslav Rodon is one of the victims. He got a severe concussion during the attack and now suffers from migraines on a regular basis.

Yaroslav Rodon, victim: "I guess he in all of this rage hit me and I fell seeing stars, everything went blank."

Rodon's alleged attacker Yevhen Antonov was the commander of an operative brigade in 2013 after the revolution Antonov was not jailed, he ended up serving as a police officer.

Also, another defendant in the case. Andriy Dydiuk gained recognition in the post-Euromaidan era. He went to serve in the east and got a higher military rank in the process. Dydiuk was even granted an award for his service to Ukraine by the country's president.

However, that doesn't change what happened on that fateful November 30, 2013, night. The victims understand the case is complex, there are a lot of people involved, and the process is far too slow.

Serhiy Kolosha, victim: "For now, everything boils down to the system being unwilling to change, wanting to keep everything the way it used to be."

The ex-Berkut officers face up to five years in prison if convicted.

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