YEREVAN, March 25. / ARKA /. Ukrainian nationalist group Right Sector has announced it holds the acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov (ethnic Armenian) accountable for the death of notorious radical militant Aleksandr Muzychko and will avenge it, according to Ukrainian and Russian media reports.
“We will take revenge on Arsen Avakov for the death of our brother,” said Rovno coordinator of the Right Sector Roman Koval, as cited by charivne.info news portal.
“The shooting of Muzychko is an assassination ordered by the minister. Muzychko never received any notices concerning criminal offences and was never summoned anywhere.”
Earlier, Muzychko, also known as Sashko Bilyi, was proclaimed dead after a police raid against his gang in Rovno, western Ukraine.
During the raid, Muzychko opened fire wounding an officer. He continued shooting even despite being injured in the leg, the Interior Ministry said.
“When the police attempted to detain him, they found out he was wounded. The medics who arrived at the scene proclaimed Muzychko dead,” First Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Yevdokimov said.
The three bodyguards, who were armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and Makarov pistols, were detained by police.
The Right Sector representatives say that the Interior Ministry’s version of Muzychko’s death is an “outright lie.” They claim the notorious militant had his hands tied so he could not possibly shoot back at the police.
The nationalist group has not specified how exactly they are going to avenge their leader’s death.
Muzychko was put on an international wanted list on suspicion of torturing and murdering at least 20 Russian servicemen in Chechnya in the early 2000s. He was arrested in absentia by a court in southern Russia earlier this month.
Ukrainian prosecutors have launched a criminal case against Muzychko who assaulted staff at a state prosecutor's office in Rovno last month. Ukraine’s interior minister Arsen Avakov earlier said Muzychko would be punished according to the law.
Right Sector, along with Muzychko, is a major ally of the neo-Nazi Svoboda party led by Oleh Tyahnybok, a member of the new Ukrainian government. -0-