A year later four men remain in custody with the trial
ongoing.  Two of the men – V. Sukachev and V. Fedoryak – are charged directly
with detonating explosives in Dnipropetrovsk, and others earlier in 2011; the
other two  – L. Prosvirnin and D. Reva – with acting as accomplices. Very
many questions remain unanswered, but the arrest and ongoing detention of one
defendant is extraordinary even by Ukrainian standards.  

No motive is provided or any proof as such and the impugned
offence involves behavior which would have been manifestly pointless. While it
would be rash to suggest that this has not happened before, Ukrainian courts
regularly ignore the flimsiest of cases because the accused has signed a
“confession,” preferring not to worry about how it was obtained. Dmitry
Reva has denied any involvement from the outset and been totally consistent in
his testimony. The two men accused of planting the homemade explosive devices
both say that neither of the alleged accomplices were involved, and Sukachev
even declared a hunger strike in protest at their prosecution.

 The investigators accuse Dmitry Reva of having
gone to the centre of Dnipropetrovsk to “observe the reaction of the police and
public to the explosions, and if necessary pass on information to Sukachev and
Fedoryak, so that the latter could coordinate their further actions.”

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