KIEV, 23 Feb – RIA Novosti. Seventeen people were detained during clashes near the office of the President of Ukraine in the center of Kiev after the verdict of the ex-head of the Odessa cell “Right Sector” * Sergei Sternenko, several policemen were injured, a case was opened, the press service of the National Police of the city reported.
“During the scuffle, the protesters used gas canisters and threw fires at the guards. As a result, 17 active participants who violated law and order were taken to the police department. Investigators of the Kiev police opened a criminal case under article 342 (Resistance to a law enforcement representative),” in the message.
The Primorsky District Court of Odessa on Tuesday found Sternenko guilty of kidnapping and sentenced him to seven years in prison with confiscation of half of his property. On Tuesday evening, several thousand people came to the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, demanding the release of Sternenko.
In 2015, in the Odessa region, a deputy of the Kominternovsky district council, Sergei Shcherbich, was kidnapped, he was beaten, demanding to give up his deputy mandate. Shcherbich turned to law enforcement officers and said that he was abducted by Sternenko and his associate Ruslan Demchuk. Law enforcers detained and arrested them, but later released from custody.
“Right Sector” * is a Ukrainian association of radical nationalist organizations. In January and February 2014, the movement's militants participated in clashes with law enforcement officers and the seizure of administrative buildings, and since April – in the suppression of protests in eastern Ukraine. In November 2014, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation recognized the right-wing radical association as an extremist organization and banned its activities on the territory of the Russian Federation.
* In January 2015, Right Sector was included in the register of organizations banned in Russia.