A recent article in 'Bez Tsenzury' entitled: 'The last hero: The Donetsk police buried the slogan "Prison for the bandits!" together with Colonel Yerokhin', describes the funeral on 23th August of this murdered senior officer from the Main Directorate of the Adminstration for Fighting Organized Crime. [UBOZ]
The prime suspect for ordering Yerokin's kidnapping and killing is 'a serious businessman from the Donetsk oblast', who is also a parliamentary deputy. Yerokhin had been investigating money laundering operations in the Donbas, and had received death threats. Several suspects who allegedly physically committed the crime, are already in custody. I have blogged recently about this important case in several postings.
Hundred of Yerokhin's colleagues attended his funeral together with about 3,000 residents of his home town, Makiyivka, where he had also been a town councillor for Nataliya Vitrenko's radical Progressive Socialist party. Minister of Internal Affairs Yuriy Lutsenko, one of the Orange Revolution's field-commanders, also attended the funeral. Those present expected Lutsenko to name the prime suspect, but they were dissappointed.
At the wake, Yerokhin's fellow policemen bitterly expressed the view that they were "all hostages in a bigger political game in which the slogan 'Bandits to jail!' sounded like scorn directed at those of their number who believed in the ability of the new [orange] authorities to ensure that the law remains supreme."
Yerokhin's colleagues have no confidence either that the Prosecutor General, Oleksandr Medvedko, who has taken over investigations from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, will solve the case. Medvedko, a Yushchenko appointee, has dubious track record as a former Donetsk prosecutor, which only confirms their fears.
Donetsk businessman and author of 'The Donetsk Mafia', Boris Penchuk, thinks that Yerokhin was kidnapped 'in order to force him to give information which would compromise Lutsenko.'
'It's quite possible that that he was a Trojan horse within Lutsenko's inner circle,' he added.
When the Verkhovna Rada reconvenes next Tuesday one of its new deputies may have ordered this kidnapping and assassination of a senior anti-corruption police officer.
Corruption is problem #1 forUkraine's authorities to tackle. Why should the police continue investigating cases such as those being persued by Yerokhin without the support of higher authority?
PoR should 'give up' this deputy, but they won't because many of their number have committed serious crimes in the past too, and are part of the problem. They know that if they 'stick together' they will be all right.