Anti-corruption activist attacked in Kharkov

This morning, at about ten o'clock, the unknown attacked Vyacheslav Gritsenko near the house number 162 in the Traktorostroitelei avenue. The attacker cut the activist’s the head with a brick hidden in a bag.

29 September 2016 15:55

Vyacheslav Gritsenko came out of his house and saw two men who followed him. One of them was carrying a black bag. The young men overtook Gritsenko and began to beat him with a bag. According to the victim, the bag contained a brick or stone because it seemed very heavy, and such injury could not have been caused by a soft cloth bag. After a few strokes Vyacheslav began to run, but tripped and fell near the passers-by. The attackers withdrew, and the witnesses helped Gritsenko to his feet and called an ambulance. At the hospital, Vyacheslav Gritsenko was diagnosed with a closed head injury and dissected vertex injury.

In exclusive comments to QHA, the victim told that he was threatened by Vladimir Cazus, known as Vova Shprits [Syringe].

“It was a hearing on appeal of Vova Shprits against his penalty, held in the Regional Appeal Court in the hall 11. Vova Shprits who is not from Kharkov, established a Kharkiv charity fund "Blago", which is wrong, because he has nothing to do with Kharkov. Vova Shprits sticks somewhere around Kernes, or under or beside. And Kernes is dangerous. I represent the organization "Fair Trial" as a public figure, so justice in courts is very important to me. Vova advised me not to support the prosecution and threatened me. I believe that I was attacked because of my work and activity.”

The witnesses say that Vladimir Kazus was unusually closed and silent in the court the day before. The National Police took a statement from Vyacheslav Gritsenko, put him on the Unified Pre-trial Registry and began the investigations. Doctors provided the victim with the necessary care and sent home for further treatment.