Court sentences Pukach to life for murdering Gongadze, disregards claims against Kuchma, Lytvyn

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Jan. 29, 2013, 6:59 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Yuriy Onyshkiv

Former police general Oleksiy Pukach on Jan. 29 after being convicted of the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze in 2000. Although Pukach implicated former President Leonid Kuchma and his former chief of staff Volodymyr Lytvyn in the murder, they have not been charged. Pukach was sentenced to life in prison.

Yuriy Onyshkiv

Yuriy Onyshkiv served as the Kyiv Post's political reporter from 2010-2013. He is now a coal reporter for Argus Media.


Former police general Oleksiy Pukach was convicted and given a life prison sentence on Jan. 29 for the intentional murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze on Sept. 16, 2000. But the nearly 13-year-old saga since the journalist went missing is not over, as the lawyer for Gongadze’s widow,  Myroslava, will appeal the ruling in an effort to bring those who ordered the murder to justice.

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