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Students also felt the hard hand of the law.

The court case over the death of a young student Igor Indylo, who died under suspicious circumstances in police custody, resulted in a very mild punishment without any imprisonment for the militia officers who are implicated in the student’s death. In fact, this is part of an ongoing trend where Ukrainian courts refuse to deliver serious punishments to law enforcers known to be responsible for the mysterious deaths of young people in their custody.

Ukrainian justice was also particularly cruel upon the political opposition, with perfect examples being the cases against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and many others.

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