Sunday 19 November 2017

Former Ukrainian president 'ordered journalist's murder'

Andrew Osborn in Moscow

A top-ranking former policeman has confessed to Ukraine's most infamous post-Soviet murder.

In testimony, given behind closed doors at his trial yesterday, Olexiy Pukach claimed that he murdered Georgiy Gongadze, an investigative journalist, in 2000 at the behest of Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine's president from 1994 until 2005.

The Kuchma government's inability to solve the murder set the stage for the country's 2004 Orange Revolution in which protesters demanded to know what happened to the 31-year-old journalist.

Mr Pukach's allegation is strongly denied Mr Kuchma, who has already been charged with involvement in the murder and this claim will complicate efforts to clear his name. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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