Honcharenko died two days later in a hospital,
having managed to tell his son-in-law about the assailants before he lost
consciousness. Despite clear indications
that he had been the target of a deliberate attack the investigators are trying
to close the case and deny any link with Honcharenko’s work as an
environmentalist. The Dnipropetrovsk Regional Prosecutor Natalya Marchuk has said she does not agree with the investigators,
yet there is no evidence of any real measures being taken to solve the crime.
Considerable publicity and uncomfortable
questions in Geneva about compliance (or lack thereof) with the Aarhus Convention resulted in the
removal of hazardous scrap metal from Dnipropetrovsk. But there has been no
indication of where it had been taken, and no answers to other questions of
clear public importance.