The movement to free the pair is led by
hard-core fans of Dynamo Kyiv’s football team who believe the Pavlychenkos are innocent.
Many are friends of one of the convicted murderers, 19-year-old Serhiy Pavlychenko, also a big football fan. The family’s supporters are demanding a
“This rally symbolizes the unity of
Ukrainians against injustice…we’re trying to draw attention to the judicial and
law enforcement system … it’s incompatible to speak about a 21st century Europe
and a system that beats confessions out of people,” said Andriy Korinivsky, 29,
one of the leaders of the movement.
Banners that read, “Freedom to the
Pavlychenkos,” are being shown at football games as far away as Chelyabinsk,
St. Petersburg and Moscow in Russia, to Silkeborg in Denmark, Kladno in the
Czech Republic and in Austria’s Vienna.