Kiev Nationalist Trial Sparks Violent Riots

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Bulgaria: Kiev Nationalist Trial Sparks Violent Riots Archive photo from December protests in Kiev. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Protesters in the Ukrainian capital Kiev clashed with riot police overnight, leaving several people injured.

The crowd had gathered in front of a courthouse in Kiev, where a verdict was being given against members of a far right organization, the BBC reports.

The group was sentenced to 6 years in prison for plotting to blow up a statue of Lenin in 2011.

Following the verdict, an angered crowd began throwing rocks at the vehicles with policemen. The police responded with force, making a number of arrests.

It was revealed that one of those injured in the clashes was former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, who is now a leading opposition figure.

Ukraine has been marked by anti-government protests and occasional violence since November, when President Viktor Yanukovych backed out of a deal with the European Union, choosing instead to seek closer ties with Russia.

Far right groups have played an active role in the pro-EU demonstrations.

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joppy - 13 Jan 2014 // 00:27:22

@Andrily You will not find freedom in the EU, just take a look at the restrictions we faced, in theory they are lifted but in reality will still face discrimination in Europe.

Yane - 12 Jan 2014 // 12:59:15

You mention sanctions in the same sentence as "freedom and democracy"

Andriy - 11 Jan 2014 // 22:46:09

Dear foreign journalists! Please make a pressure upon your governments and state authorities. Unfortunately we can see that interest in Europe to the events in Ukraine is decreasing. In case of sanctions against at least one of Ukrainian oligarchs or ministers our way to freedom and democracy will become irreversible. A lot of powerful persons in Ukraine just wait for external signal. Ask (or demand) your governments to provide sanctions!

Please, we really need your help!

Free Ukrainian citizen.

Yane - 11 Jan 2014 // 20:49:37

Peter forgot that these nationalists are anti-Russian, so Peter's post is out of character. Now go make a new post, blame it on Putin, Stalin and Rasputin! Call the nationalists 'pro-Western peaceful demonstrators who got brutally attacked by Putin's gang' Yeah!^^ ;)

peterperfect - 11 Jan 2014 // 11:36:55

Why is it that nationalist everywhere appear to prefer disturbance and violence? Angry young me (maybe not all young) so much anger that they seem not to be able to control. Is it a nature of the beast?

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