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Yanukovych junior expresses concern over police beatings, his press service quits

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Dec. 2, 2013, 12:48 p.m. | Ukraine — by Anastasia Forina

After President Viktor Yanukovych expressed outrage over excessive police force being used to disperse protesters on Nov.30, sending dozens to the hospital, his younger son, Party of Regions lawmaker Viktor Yanukovych Jr. has expressed his own. He called it the brutal acts a “provocation” and blamed activists for the scuffles.
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Anastasia Forina

After President Viktor Yanukovych expressed outrage over excessive police force being used to disperse protesters on Nov.30, sending dozens to the hospital, his younger son, Party of Regions lawmaker Viktor Yanukovych Jr. has expressed his own. He called it the brutal acts a “provocation” and blamed activists for the scuffles. 

"I was very disappointed with what I saw in the news,” said the 32-year-old lawmaker. 

“Everybody can defend their point of view in any legal way. But there is no way to explain the fact that after student leaders announced that the rally is postponed and the stage was dismantled, the activists who possibly stayed there behaved not at all peacefully in relation to law enforcement officers," Yanukovych Jr. said on his Facebook page on Dec.1. "I feel sorry for the victims. There is no other word but provocation to call it."

Meanwhile on the same day, Olga Ivakhno and Oleksandr Shcherbakov, the heads of his press-service announced on their Facebook pages that they’re quitting their posts. They named the forceful dispersal of demonstrators in Kyiv as the main reason for their decision.  

"Taking into account the crackdown of peaceful demonstration on Saturday morning (Nov. 30) and the course taken by the authorities after these events, we Olga Ivakhno and Oleksandr Shcherbakov refuse to carry out the responsibilities of Viktor Yanukovych Jr.’s press-service," they said on Facebook.

Yanukovych Jr. on Dec. 2 disputed their exit on his Facebook page. But Ivakhno told the Kyiv Post the two left.

“The information published on Yanukovych Jr.’s page is an absolute lie and from this moment one cannot believe a word published there,” Ivakhno said.

Moreover, since Nov.30 several members of parliament have exited the ruling Party of Regions, including Inna Bogoslovska, her husband Volodymyr Melnychenko, deputies Davyd Zhvania, Mykola Rudkovsky and Viktor Bondar. 

At a Dec. 2 press briefing, parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Rybak told journalists that he has only received Zhvania’s resignation. 

Presidential chief-of-staff Serhiy Lyovochkin has also resigned as did Kyiv police chief Valery Koryak.

Kyiv Post staff writer Anastasia Forina can be reached at forina@kyivpost.com 

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