A lawyer representing the interests of ex-Berkut employees in the Svyatoshinsky court of Kiev, where a case is being heard about allegedly their involvement in the mass shootings of people on Maidan on Independence Square in Kiev in February 2014.
The lawyer, Alexander Goroshinsky provided a copy of the notarized statement of one of the “Georgian snipers” Alexander Revazishvili.
The document says:
“During the winter of 2014, I was an eyewitness to the events taking place in the city of Kiev, Ukraine.
In the group, together with other Georgian citizens, I took part in the events on Independence Square in Kiev on February 18-20, 2014. I witnessed the mass executions organized by persons who subsequently occupied high posts in the Ukrainian government.
I want to convey information about what is happening to Ukrainian justice and I believe that the truth about the events on the Maidan should be conveyed to the Ukrainian public.
I inform you that I was interrogated as a witness by the prosecutor of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Belarus as part of the international legal order of the law enforcement bodies of Ukraine. I gave evidence to the prosecutor of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Belarus on the events that occurred in February 2014 on Independence Square in Kiev.
In view of the foregoing, I again appeal and ask to ensure my interrogation in the hearing by video link, providing an opportunity to convey the truth about the events of February 18-20, 2014 on Independence Square in the city of Kiev…”
According to the lawyer, “Georgian snipers” are people who have undergone military training in the Georgian army. They’ve participated in the hostilities of the so-called Abkhaz war and the South Ossetian conflict. George Bezhitashvili has also been in Iraq, Afghanistan. All of them were trained in special camps under the leadership of the so-called Free Zone movement, controlled by the environment of then-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.
“It should be understood that these people were not always engaged in legal work, they know a lot of things that can shed light on the crimes of very high-ranking people. After a series of threats and attacks, when the power changed in Georgia, these witnesses were advised to turn to journalists and tell the truth. Subsequently, these witnesses gave interviews to reporters,” said Goroshinsky.
According to him, the Svyatoshinsky court of Kiev, where the proceedings against the former employees of “Berkut” are examined, granted his request for the interrogation of two Georgian citizens: Nergadze and Revazishvili from the territory of Armenia.
“For a long time they were forced to hide, and therefore they were temporarily lost contact. Only later they showed up in Belarus, where, according to them, they found a safe place and again confirmed their readiness to testify about the events on the Maidan in 2014,” Goroshinsky said.
According to the lawyer, he is faithful in the authenticity of the testimony of “Georgian snipers.”
“If the” Georgian snipers “were fake, the court would have questioned them long ago and debunked this supposedly myth. A striking indicator in this matter was the behavior of the GPU representatives in the Svyatoshinsky court, who did everything possible to prevent the interrogation from taking place.”
Goroshinsky, on his Facebook page also made a post and published a video shedding more light on the situation.
In the post, he said that the witnesses confirmed that the shootings were organized by Saakashvili and co with the sole aim of sabotaging a peaceful agreement between the protesters and then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, which was to be signed on February 21st.
In the video, Goroshinsky says the following:
“We are near the building of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Belarus, where my application was executed, and as a result, the Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine received international legal assistance. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus questioned witnesses, eyewitnesses to the participation and organization of Saakashvili, Parubiy and Pashinsky in use of weapons against police officers and civilians These witnesses wrote a written statement to the Svyatoshinsky court about their readiness to testify against the data “testify to the facts that took place in February 14. Let’s not be afraid of the truth, let’s find out who is to blame for the tragedy that happened in February 14 in Ukraine.”
Earlier the Svyatoshinsky district court of Kiev refused to satisfy the request for interrogation in court of four Georgian citizens from the territory of the Republic of Belarus, whom the Berkut employees claimed as witnesses. While the court was provided with official evidence of the presence of these Georgian citizens in Belarus. Finally, their testimonies were apparently accepted, judging by the document shown above.
According to the individuals in the video, citizens of Georgia, the reason they decided to disclose information about their participation in the shootings on the Maidan to the media was the alleged death of 6 of their colleagues under mysterious circumstances, which together with them participated in the events of February 2014. Thus, the heroes of the film allegedly intend to protect themselves.
Whether the Ukrainian court will, in fact, undertake any measures, following these revelations remains in question.