MOSCOW, February 27 – RIA Novosti. Supporters of the ex-head of the Odessa cell “Right Sector” * Serhiy Sternenko, sentenced to seven years for robbery, threw firecrackers at the office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine during a rally, Strana.ua reported.
According to the newspaper, the radicals also lit flares near the building, and one of the activists intended to “go inside.” Police officers did not stop the protesters.
Short rallies were held on Saturday near the buildings of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the office of the President of Ukraine, as well as the office of the Prosecutor General. Sternenko's supporters demanded his release, the renewal of the judicial system, as well as the resignation of Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova, who allegedly contributed to Sternenko's conviction.
Now the protesters have dispersed. The National Police of Ukraine did not record any offenses during the event.
The Primorsky District Court of Odessa last week found Sternenko guilty of kidnapping and robbery. He was sentenced to seven years in prison with the confiscation of half of his property. On the same day, a rally in support of the convict was held near the office of the President of Ukraine, during which clashes with the police took place.
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. Later he stated that Sternenko and his associate Ruslan Demchuk were his abductors. After that, they were detained and arrested, but later released from custody.
* In January 2015, “Right Sector” was included in the register of organizations banned in Russia.