All attention was focused on Mykhailo Gavryliuk, a 34-year-old construction worker from Chernivtsi and a EuroMaidan activist. He vaulted to international attention after a leaked video of him being tortured by Ukraine’s riot-control police officers went viral, with two million hits already for the YouTube video.
Officers detained Gavryliuk Jan. 22 on Hrushevskoho Street. After the video surfaced the day, police released him. He returned to EuroMaidan, where he resumted his post as part of a military unit formed by protesters to protect Independence Square from police assault.
His face still covered in bruises, Gavryliuk is nonetheless happy that he didn’t suffer more severe injuries at the hands of the gang of police officers. While in good spirits, his hand still trembles when he recounts how they punished him. “You could see bruises on my body on that video. Now I’d say my body is mostly blue from bruises,” he said.