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Ukraine: Going Belarus? (2)

From the Kyiv Post:

EuroMaidan activist Igor Lutsenko wrote on his Facebook page that he is alive and recounted how he thought he was going to be killed after 10 men kidnapped and terrorized him. He thought he was going to say “goodbye to life” a “minimum of three times in the last 24 hours.” However, the whereabouts of the other activist allegedly kidnapped with him, Yuriy Verbytsky, is still unknown. Lutsenko’s girlfriend Maria Lebedeva, who sounded the public alarm about his abduction, confirmed the authenticity of his post. She wrote on her Facebook page: “Yes, Igor’s post was true,” adding: “Alive!!!!”

“I got out from the forest, where my kidnappers brought and left me, I’m in a good mood, without mobile phone and in average condition,” Lutsenko wrote about his condition.

The activist said that 10 men abducted him and Verbytsky. They were kidnapped in Oleksandrivska Hospital in Kyiv, where Verbytsky was seeking treatment for an eye injury suffered in a clash with police.

 “About 10 of them came in and dragged us into a bus in front of the eyes of a woman doctor.”

Their abductors drove them through the forest and put them into two separate cells in a building that looked like an abandoned garage and left for about 10 hours. Lutsenko didn’t give the details about either his abductors or their talks saying only:

“I noticed they were not just the hired people, they are truly ideological en masse,” Lutsenko wrote. “Though the talks were not easy, I think that many (of them) understood something about Maidan and about my personal point.” 

After the talks, the kidnappers took the activist to the forest, forced stand on his knees with a package on his head put against a pine tree and demanded to pray, which made him think they were planning to kill him. “When I was saying prayer my companions disappeared. I even didn’t hear when it happened,” he wrote. . . .

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