Ukraine and the world could be on the verge of finally learning who ordered the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze, who was kidnapped, beaten, strangled, beheaded and burned – apparently just because his work on the Ukrainska Pravda news site irritated people in power then.

But President Viktor Yanukovych and the nation’s judiciary – a branch of the government widely seen as subservient to the presidential administration – don’t want the public to know what is happening.

The murder trial of ex-Interior Ministry Gen. Oleksiy Pukach is taking place in Kyiv behind closed doors, the indictments are sealed and the public has no idea what is going on inside. The justification behind the blanket closure is protection of state secrets.

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