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At the other end of the spectrum of injustice, others – “mazhory,” or children of the elite – are among those in Ukraine who get away with serious crimes, including murder, because they’re too powerful and rich to be punished in this society.

Details of these cases hit the spotlight if the crime is particularly egregious, such as the murder of 18-year-old Oksana Makar, who died nearly three weeks after three men raped, strangled and burned her in March in the southern city of Mykolayiv.

But most cases go unnoticed because the victims are powerless against a massively corrupt judicial system, which bends to those who hold political power.

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