Ukraine: Criminal case opened against ex-speaker of parliament due to organization of mass unrest in Odesa in 2014

16:40, 23 September 2019

According to Parubiy, the criminal case was opened against him “for the organization of the defense of Odesa”

The State Investigation Bureau (SIB) opened the criminal case against ex-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, MP from European Solidarity Andriy Parubiy. The mass unrest in Odesa in 2014 became the reason for the case as Parubiy reported on Facebook. “The SIB opened the criminal case against me. For the organization of the defense of Odesa in spring 2014.

However, in its letter the SIB calls it “mass unrest”…The desperate countering of the Ukrainian authority and civilian society against hybrid seizure by Putin’s Russia of our south-east – eight Ukrainian regions, through the seizure of power by the pro-Russian forces in the regional centers, including Odesa, – it is qualified here as “the fact of the creation and coordination by A.V. Parubiy of the public armed groupings with the aim to commit the mass unrest on May 5, 2014 in the territory of Odesa. The SIB document states it as the fact,” Parubiy wrote.

He also noted that in Maidan, ATO and during the defense of the south regions of Ukraine “he did everything possible to defend Ukraine”. “As my whole life and during the years of the war. And I will continue to do it,” Parubiy added.

On May 2, 2014, 48 people died and over 250 sustained injuries in mass unrest in Odesa. Most of the victims died in the Trade Union House. On September 18, 2017, twenty participants of tragic events in Odesa on May 2, 2014, were found not guilty of organizing those clashes. The court decision triggered new clashes between activists from pro-Ukrainian organizations and law enforcers in Chornomorsk, Odesa region.

(C) UNIAN 2019


  1. What the hell is this? Over the last 5 years, the only people I have seen complaining about the protests in Odesa have been the Putinazis. Now our own government is trying to prosecute those that stood in defense of Ukraine?! The only people causing “mass unrest” in Ukraine have been the Russian invaders.

  2. This is showing the rest of the World that Ukraine still applies the correct legal process no matter who or what is involved. If the Law is broken then any offences must be investigated and if necessary those involved prosecuted.

    Hopefully in this case there will be a lack of evidence or if found guilty a light sentance imposed.

  3. I’m sorry, but as long as russian boots are on ukrainian territory we can hardly do as if the war/invasion is over and apply a rule of law which is totally not respected by the enemy. I would have let this case rest until all enemy forces finally pissed off from Ukraine!

What is your opinion?