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  •  two points: (1+ / 0-)
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    First, the woman, "Olga," was publicly named. With Svoboda and Right Sector in charge of the army and cops, does anyone really believe she would publicly state that the opposition had sniped at the police? Again, if she wants to stay safe and keep working in Ukraine, she's not going to say shit.

    Second, has there been an EU investigation into these charges? Surely it's worth finding other witnesses to either corroborate or refute her claims. Have they even tried to inquire into this?

    Saying "but she publicly recanted her statement to a paper" doesn't eliminate the need for a full investigation.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 12:41:31 PM PDT

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    •  This is just not true, though. (2+ / 0-)
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      Bogomolets has never backed down from threats: in fact the reason she saw wounded police officers in the first place is that she traveled on both sides of the Maidan protests - through violence - to treat victims.  And she hasn't wavered from her version of events: it's only the telephone version that's different, so it's far, far more likely they misunderstood her comments.

      I don't understand why the conspiracy theory version of this is so powerful.  Bogomolets has been a tremendously brave (to the point of recklessness) woman during all of this.  She doesn't give two shits about her own safety.  There's no evidence she felt cowed by any outside pressure, much less cowed to the point that she's been a vocal Maidan protesters both before and after.

      I'm sympathetic to the need for a fuller investigation - I really am! - but it has to be based on something more than what's been offered.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 12:54:30 PM PDT

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    •  Having dug into Olga Bogomolets some, (1+ / 0-)
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      I have to tell you that I find it very hard to believe that she would be cowed into submission by the presence of some hard-right activists in the new government.

      The possibility of such sniper fire is concerning, and it's a very serious charge. But the only evidence for it having happened at all as presented, really, is one second or third hand quote that may well have simply been mangled, since she doesn't stand by how it was presented.

      And I've a feeling that this woman has faced down plenty more frightening things than the current interim government.

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