KyivPost

Charges dismissed against driver who killed pedestrian

Print version
Dec. 1, 2011, 11:31 p.m. | Ukraine — by Oksana Grytsenko

Nataliya Solovey

Oksana Grytsenko

A court on Nov. 25 dropped criminal charges against a judge’s assistant, Nataliya Solovey, who was driving an expensive Mercedes jeep that struck and killed a woman pedestrian on a sidewalk in June.
Announcement To Readers

Since 1995, the Kyiv Post has been the world's window on Ukraine. Please support the newspaper’s quality, independent journalism with a digital subscription. Subscribers receive unlimited access to all stories, archives and PDFs from the Kyiv Post's staff writers and news services.
More info.

12 months
1 month
$50.00Pay $20.00Pay
The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively debate. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. If you think that a posted comment violates these standards, please flag it and alert us. We will take steps to block violators.
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 12:07 a.m.    

Kangaroo court

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 12:38 a.m.    

She must be a Yanukovych supporter.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 12:53 a.m.    

Better to kill a woman in Ukraine than to be ex Prime Minister opponent to Yanuclownich

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 1:51 a.m.    

DISGUSTING ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING -EVEN UNDER KUCHMA THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN MEANWHLIE LUTSENKO CONTINUES TO LINGER IN PRISON OVER NOTHING FOR NEARLY A YEAR

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 2:15 a.m.    

I'm not so sure that this would NOT have happened under Kuchma- remember that he was Proffessor Viktor's mentor. But I agree with you 100% that this is totally wrong.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 2:07 a.m.    

.

...home to the worlds biggest cesspool of corruption and two tiered justice system.....

If you know friends in Por gov't....do anything you want ,,,even killing pedestrians......and you will be absolved of your crime....

It is totally unbelievable the dysfunctional gov't of Yanuk......perpetrated by him and all those in power,,,,,for their own benefit.

A leader is someone who cares more about the people, and the nation....

Yanuk could not give a rats ass about the people of Ukraine....only how much he can steal,,,,and who he can put in prison.

The only solution...........REVOLUTION......

.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 3:07 a.m.    

Welcome to the lawless banana Republic of Ukraine!

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 3:29 a.m.    

Landik asks the court to institute proceedings against Maria Korshunova

http://tsn.ua/video/video-novini/?page=1&amp;media_id=383527654&amp;items=37566&amp;type=0

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 4:11 a.m.    

I remember watching a Mercedes blow a light and crash into a Lada (or similar style car--something older and cheaper) in 2007 while I going to get groceries. It was not serious, but both cars were more or less beyond reasonable repair. On the way back, with the police there, it seemed that the driver of the Lada was the one being charged.

In 2001 I remember in Dnipropetrovsk passing an accident in which an old woman had been hit by a luxury car. The two police officers who were there were standing around talking casually to a guy in the suit, while the woman lay on the ground, ignored by all, holding her bleeding head. Our taxi driver refused to stop. It is an image that still haunts me at times.

Ukraine sadly seems to favour the rich and politically connected when it comes to most things, traffic accidents a prime example.

------------

&quot;Evil appears virtuous when truth is denied; to have its rewards when justice is perverted; and seemingly good when righteousness is rejected.&quot;

------------

Such is the heart, mind and body of much of Ukraine's political and justice system, and sadly, those who suffer most are the common people on the streets who want truth, justice and righteousness.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 1:03 p.m.    

I got hit head-on by a police officer in an unregistered car in Kiev. They could not pin it on me, so the wreck &quot;disappeared&quot;. There is no official record I was in a wreck, so no insurance for me even though I have pictures of my destroyed car.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 4:12 a.m.    

The judge in the Nataliya Solovey affair is an excellent example of the corruption and extreme bias that permeates the judicial system in Ukraine today. How can anyone with the least modicum of honesty look at the victims of violence and state that a perpetrator's life is of vital importance. It is most obvious that this judge is completely devoid of any moral scruples.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 4:43 a.m.    

So it's okay to kill a mother of 3 young children, but not to put the mother of 2 young children in prison?

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 7:37 a.m.    

Once again it shows that there is one law for the people with friends in Rada, and one law for the rest of the Ukraine. This is a example of Ukrainian corruption at its best. When will it ever stop!

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 9:10 a.m.    

If she is just an assistant how come she can afford an expensive MERC...in which case she should have been fined heavily and that money could be used for the future of the children's of the deceased...just one way to look at it...

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 10:01 a.m.    

It's too bad Tymoshenko's daughter isn't a minor; then she could get amnesty also!

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 10:04 a.m.    

C*NT

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 10:38 a.m.    

Am I the only one who thinks it's weird that this article makes NO MENTION of the fact that the problem is that tens of thousands of people are at any moment driving on the sidewalks of Kiev?

In other words, this accident would not have happened if, as in every sane, normal city on the planet, you were NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE ON THE SIDEWALK.

It's just interesting that this article, and the Kiev Post in general, seem to assume that it is okay to drive on the sidewalk in first place.

If even one car drove on the sidewalk of the Western cities that KP editors come from, it would make the evening news. But these editors seem to think it's normal here. And the Ukrainian journalists they employ have no idea -- they probbaly haven't travelled to Western countries very much and thus they have no idea how weird and perverted Ukraine is.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 12:12 p.m.    

The West sees the Tymoshenko case as a 'political' issue - whilst this is surly the motive, that perspective overlooks the far more destructive structural flaws throughout the entire legal system of Ukraine.

What provides for these open gang-rapes of Justice? По блату and Моя хата з краю.

The cultural lurch from communism to individualism, (me, my family, my party) has gone far enough.

Its time to take collective responsibility, and unrelenting collective action.

Dont vote for them - Dont comply with their demands - Subjects of a criminal elite no longer.

Gandhi: &quot;Be the change you want to see in the world.&quot;

Is it not time we all refused to participate?

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 12:41 p.m.    

Status quo . Again and again Ukrainians bemoan their lot (look at the number of comments) but do NOTHING.

Wollowing in self pity helps nobody.

Ukrainian students are totally apathetic, most Ukrainians are cowards, self vested interest prevail, and it is too easy to dupe a whole nation.

Ukrainians are socially illiterate because they don't appear to understand the word revolution. Ukrainians prefer to wait for someone to resolve their nation's problems without personally getting involved.

What to do they ask? Shut up, do nothing, bury your heads in the sand and you'll wake in a Ukrainian utopian paradise. Problem solved.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 4, 2011, 2:14 a.m.    

Actually, it isn't just Ukrainians who are guilty of overwhelming apathy. People the world over do exactly the same thing. It's human nature. Most people suffer abuses until they have nothing left to lose by fighting back. Only then do revolutions occur. As long people feel they have more to lose by fighting back than they do by accepting abuse, they remain sheep who will sell their souls for crumbs. Sadly, by the time they pull their heads out of their a***s it's often too late.

I hate it, but you are correct in that the majority of people the world over are cowards. I live in the U.S., and I assure you that the level of awareness of the average Amerikan is abysmal. We're all doomed to become serfs of the elite if we don't grow a pair of balls in short order.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 1:40 p.m.    

This no surprise. I had a very bad experience in Kiev; You cannot trust anybody. I warn everybody to stay away of the European Soccer contest in Ukraine. They gone ask money (corruption) for a deal to not possibly put you in jail. They had back luck I only had 2 dollar cash with me.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 1:58 p.m.    

Subhumans, Backward society made up of stupid people like me.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 2:55 p.m.    

Solovey, you are a shame !

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 5:01 p.m.    

All these comments are so absolutely right. And &quot;mazepa&quot; hit the most important issue: Normal people don't get involved, they play the &quot;It's all so useless&quot; game. I heard many people say politics is dirty, so let's stay out of it. It is dirty BECAUSE they stay out of it!!

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 6:21 p.m.    

All you need is a family member or a friend in high places and you will get away with murder.This is not an isolated case. It happens everywhere where the sons or daugters of someone in power is allowed to go free after committing serious crimes.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 6:53 p.m.    

Filthy murdering wh0re!

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 7:48 p.m.    

Hi Everybody

Well to start with life in Ukraine doesn't have any value, money has more value then human,

yes fair enaough killed pedestrian she paid bribes to the judge let her go free what about tomorrow when she will face her god are she is going to bribe him as well, what about the sheap judje who done all the cooking, no concience no dignity no value

There is no system in Ukraine nothing form the top to the bottom

Mr president if you call your self president and have dignity do something to help people without money and get them thier right otherways you will go to hell

Shame on you

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 10:16 p.m.    

You are so true. We must remember that under Communism, the church did not exist and I know some churches in Ukraine were desicrated when used to store grain. They do not believe there is another side but they are in for a bad surprise. I have been to the other side. It does exist and they will have many questions to answer. Russian church for many is just a convenient way to push down the people. Its head is a former KGB officer.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 8:16 p.m.    

Ukraine's better off with Russia. The chimp's tea party in full swing.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 3, 2011, 1:49 a.m.    

What does anybody expect. This is Ukraine afterall, not the civilized world.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 3, 2011, 2:44 a.m.    

I thought we on the US had the best government money could buy.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 3, 2011, 3:01 p.m.    

You &quot;on&quot; the US is the problem. You're not American.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 3, 2011, 7:35 a.m.    

Ukraine needs a Vigilante.

One man.

One gun.

One at a time.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 3, 2011, 7:34 p.m.    

Quote: The judge granted Solovey freedom from prosecution “as she has two minor children,”

She has two children, so she shouldn't be prosecuted?

In Ukraine, it obviously is who you know that counts, not what the laws are.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 4, 2011, 10:41 a.m.    

young and stupid.. is what her problem was.. and careless.. nt much to do with being a government worker.. or getting off.. with a crime..

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 4, 2011, 11:32 a.m.    

SOLVEY is a murdering KURVA

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Dec. 5, 2011, 4:07 p.m.    

All you can hope for is she will be racked with guilt for the rest of her life!

{# <-- parent id goes here

KyivPost

© 1995–2014 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at news@kyivpost.com
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.