The case of journalist Georgiy Gongadze, murdered in 2000, is still not solved.
The only major success in this case was the conviction of the direct executors of the crime and the arrest of their leader, ex-Police General Major Oleksiy Pukach, who is now being tried behind closed doors. With Pukach’s arrest, many waited for the names of those who ordered Gongadze’s murder to be established. And many expected these people would be brought to justice.
But because many of the high-ranking officials whose names were mentioned in the investigation continue to be influential today, the investigation has dragged out inconclusively for 11 years.It has already become commonplace to mention the Gongadze case before every election (every candidate for Ukrainian president has built their campaign on the promise of uncovering the names of those who ordered the murder).
It is also common to manipulate statements and facts to suit political timetables. Multiple changes in investigators and attention to the Gongadze case, alternating from intense to lackluster, have become customary.
Valentyna Telychenko is a lawyer representing