Ukrainian police open investigation into kidnapping of opposition activist

Protests began in November in Ukraine after President Viktor Yanukovych decided to stop improving ties with the EU in favor of a closer relationship with Russia.
Posted By Aileen Graef  |  Jan. 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Police in Ukraine are investigating the kidnapping of an anti-government protester, the latest in a string of kidnappings of opposition activists.

Dimitri Bolotov, 35, went missing Jan. 22 and was discovered outside of Kiev Thursday. He claims his kidnappers tortured him, drove nails into his hands, sliced off a piece of his ear and cut his face. After a week of beatings, he was left in a forest. He says he cannot identify his kidnappers.

Bolotov is a member of automaidan, a group of car owners who joined the "Euromaidan" protests, and the last in a string of mysterious kidnappings of anti-government demonstrators.

Yanukovych signed an an amnesty bill Friday that would give protestors certain protections for their actions.

[Chicago Tribune]

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