Few of the many murderous events following the Maidan Revolution in February 2014 are as mysterious as the fire that claimed the lives of over 40 people in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa on May 2nd. At first, it seemed that riots had simply been sparked by rival football fans – some pro-Ukrainian, some pro-Russian – and that this had led to the deaths. The Moscow-driven propaganda machine immediately kicked into high gear, placing blame squarely on the Ukrainian patriotic forces for the fact that the pro-Russian mob was driven into the House of Trade Unions building, where almost all were killed. But as the investigation into the incident unfolds, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the tragedy would not have taken place without the participation of members of the local administration, police and security officials acting on behalf of Russia. That it was an operation organized and directed by agents of the Russian security services now seems likely.
20 January 2015
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is going to make an announcement concerning the Russian security services’ involvement in the House of Trade Unions fire in Odessa on 2 May.
SBU Deputy Chairman Viktor Yagun said this in an interview with Channel 5.
“It was a blatant provocation… the Russian security services were behind it. This applies to the incendiary materials. Those (substances) that caused the poisoning of people… That was a provocation prepared in advance – no question,” he said.
According to him, the investigation is ongoing, and it is too early to comment on the final results.
In turn, an advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs, “People’s Front” MP Anton Gerashchenko, said that within the framework of the investigation into the tragic events in Odessa, a dozen law enforcement officers had been prosecuted, including the former head of the regional police department, Pyotr Lutsyuk.
A number of suspects are wanted by the police, including Dmitry Fuchedzhi, the former deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Odessa region.
Gerashchenko said that Fuchedzhi was hiding from Ukrainian law enforcement agencies in Moscow (Russia).
As is known, 46 people were killed in the mass riots, and as a result of a fire in the building of the Regional Federation of Trade Unions in Odessa on May 2nd.
In the photo: Dmitry Fuchedzhi and Sergei Dolzhenkov (in uniform)
It will be remembered that, only a couple of weeks after the massacre, Sergei Dolzhenkov was implicated in the atrocity by the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs. The news report at the time cited the father of the suspect, a police general, as having helped Dolzhenkov flee Ukraine to Russia.
21 May 2014
The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) has spoken about the involvement of members of the Rodina (‘Motherland’) party, headed by a former Party of Regions member Igor Markov, in the clashes in Odessa on May 2nd.
According to Stanislav Rechinsky, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the investigation is progressing rapidly. Every day there are new offers of assistance, and new detentions and arrests occur, stated the publication “Censor.net,” referring to the press service of the MVD.
“Taking into account the statements of the UDAR party on provocations against its candidate for mayor of the city of Odessa, once again I want to underline the positions of the MVD on investigating the events in Odessa on May 2nd, which led to many casualties,” said Rechinsky, adding that the mass riots in Odessa were organized and deliberately planned.
During search operations, police officers detained and then arrested Sergei Dolzhenkov, nicknamed “Captain Cocoa.” Now the investigation has already established that this citizen was involved in organizing the Odessa tragedy.
It was also discovered that the father of Sergei Dolzhenkov, the former rector of the police academy and a police general, tried to organize the escape of his son from the country. To do this, they even solicited a make-up artist to change his appearance.
In addition, in the House of Trade Unions a gun was found that he had received while still a police officer. So they tried to pretend that he was also killed in the fire.
“The investigating authorities questioned Sergei Dolzhenkov’s brother, who is one of the leaders of the election campaign headquarters of the candidate for mayor of Odessa from the UDAR party. At the present time, no investigative action has been launched against Oleg Dolzhenkov,” said the adviser to the Minister.
In addition, investigators researching the case have already found that members of the city council were implicated in the organization of mass disorder. In particular, Rodina party members Sergei Bovbalan and Yevgeni Chaikin. In the near future they will be suspects in a crime, after which both will be declared wanted.
“Thus, there is enough evidence in the investigation of the involvement of certain political forces in organizing the events in Odessa on May 2nd,” said Rechinsky.
Previously it was also reported that in the Odessa House of Trade Unions, dozens of people died of chloroform poisoning.