Kidnapped activist Verbytsky found dead; activist Lutsenko describes abduction

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Jan. 23, 2014, 7:35 a.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Oksana Grytsenko

The body of activist Yuriy Verbytsky (L) was found in Boryspil on Jan. 22 and identified by his family. Ihor Lutsenko (R) says that their abductors let him go free.
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Yuriy Verbytsky, a Euromaidan protester abducted along with activist Ihor Lutsenko, has been found dead in Boryspil, a suburb of Kyiv, reports Radio Svoboda, citing family members who said they had identified his body in the Boryspil morgue.

Verbytsky was kidnapped along with activist Lutsenko on Jan. 21. Lutsenko’s girlfriend Maria Lebedeva, who sounded the public alarm about his abduction via Facebook.

Lutsenko late on Jan. 21 wrote on his Facebook page that he had been freed by his captors and recounted how he thought he was going to be killed after 10 men kidnapped and terrorized him and Verbytsky. He thought he was going to say “goodbye to life” a “minimum of three times in the last 24 hours.”

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