On June 24, 2015, the next stage of the shameful trial of Alexander Bondarchuk — leader of the Labor Party of Ukraine (Marxist-Leninist), chief editor of “Working Class,” and design engineer at Antonov Aeronautical Scientific-Technical Complex (ASTC) — took place.
A panel of judges chaired by TN Yudenko, without the presence of the accused in court, granted the prosecution’s appeal and quashed the Darnitsky court decision to overturn his indictment.
Recall that on April 17, 2015, the Darnitsky district court in Kiev overturned Bondarchuck’s indictment by the prosecutor’s office due to the presence of numerous violations during the pre-trial investigation.
The Appeals Court judges did not address the evidence of serious violations of Bondarchuk’s legal rights set out in documents submitted by the attorneys, and they took the absolutely illegal decision of returning the case to the original trial court. During the appeal proceedings, the biased judges did not even take into account the decision of the Pechersk Court of Kiev from February 6, 2015, obliging the prosecutor to start a pre-trial investigation of the SBU investigators, who flagrantly violated Bondarchuk’s right to a defense.
Thus, the government and the courts are delaying the case, trying to undermine morale and weaken the defense of an authoritative opposition politician – communist Alexander Bondarchuk. For the current regime, which came to power after a coup d’etat under the slogans of democracy and desire “to live in Europe,” persecution of dissidents, censorship, closure of opposition newspapers and political repression have become the norm. In today’s “European” Ukraine, the neo-Nazis suspected in the murder of the journalist Oles Buzina are released from jail on bail, while the left journalist Bondarchuk, whose only fault lies in objective coverage of the situation in the country, is held in custody for months in appalling conditions, violating all existing norms of national and European law.
Union Borotba (Struggle)
Translated by Greg Butterfield