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The following are the names of those who will be set
free
and a brief description of their cases: 

Vitaliy
Zaporozhets
was given a 14-year prison sentence for shooting a police major
to death during a dispute in a village in the Brovarsky district of Kyiv
Oblast. Eye witness accounts said the police officer, Mykola Symonenko, was
drunk and that Zaprozhets was innocent. A lawyer by profession, Zaporozhets is
an Oleksiy Hrinyk prize laureate, an award given to those who give concessions
to or whose systemic activity benefits the Ukrainian nation or state. 

Volodymyr
Shpara
has been dubbed one of the three “Vasylkiv Terrorists” because
authorities convicted them for plotting to blow up a Lenin monument which had
already been dismantled. He is the local commander of the local chapter of
Patriot of Ukraine in Vasylkiv, Kyiv Oblast, a right-wing group. He is married
and has two children and has been in prison for more than two years while
serving a six-year sentence. He was convicted for terrorism in January after
which former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko was beaten by riot police outside
the courtroom. 

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