parties, instead, prefer to stick to vague and populist platitudes and
matter who wins, it looks like the nation will not summon the political will to
take on Ukraine’s corrupt law enforcement and record of international abuses
such as ill treatment, torture and, in some cases, deaths in police custody.
to the Interior Ministry, 51 people died in police detention in 2010, with 20
more dead in the first five months of 2011, the latest period for which statistics
are available. According to a recent study by the Kharkiv Institute of Social
Research, 62.4 percent of those detained claim they suffered abuse while in
detention, including physical beatings, while 3.8 percent claimed they were
tortured with electrical cords and other instruments.