14 Jun 2011

Former Ukrainian President Questioned over Role in Murder of Prominent Journalist

Leonid Kuchma, the former President of Ukraine, was brought into the Prosecutor’s office for questioning over the sensational November 2000 murder of anti-corruption journalist Georgiy Gongadze.

The slain journalist’s likeness was used during Ukraine’s Orange Revolution as a rallying cry against the ancien regime and Kuchma’s chosen successor, Viktor Yanukovych.

To say that the controversy surrounding the murder and subsequent investigation has been prolonged would be stating the obvious and has reached the very top of Ukrainian politics, as evidenced by the involvement of Kuchma, his body guards, and various others in Ukrainian elite political circles; each turn in the case is followed by conspiracy theories that attempt to explain the various twists in the plot, which are then followed by counter conspiracy theories.

To read the original, detailed story from Pravda, click here.