Odessablog (15.12.2017) – – The 2nd May 2014 tragedy in Odessa was witnessed by the blog from beginning to end.

The crime scenes were compromised from the start.

The police investigation and leading prosecutors went from Odessa to Kyiv and back again over the years since.

No doubt the integrity of the evidence chain will have been compromised too in relation to certain exhibits – many of which will have been compromised before they were collected anyway.

In short, if a lesson was to be given to police recruits, crime scene investigators, detectives, and Senior Investigating Officers (SIOs) in how not to carry out an investigation, then the Odessa 2nd May investigation would be high upon a list of examples.

Nevertheless, arrests were made and suspects have remained in custody since that time while court cases progressed – and subsequently collapsed in the majority of cases.

However, there are some suspects still in custody who have cases yet to collapse.

It appears that some of these cases will be saved such a public spectacle, as several of those involved are to be subject to prisoner swaps for Ukrainians captured in the occupied Donbas.

Of the two most prominent Russian citizens, Sergei Dolzhenkov has either refused to partake in the prisoner swap or has inexplicably been omitted from the list, but Evgeni Mefedov appears set to return to Russia.

A further 4 Afghan veterans who attempted to create the “People’s Republic of Odessa”, as well as  Igor Makhinenko and former City Councillor Alexander Lutsenko also appear to be heading to Russia or the occupied Donbas in exchange for Ukrainian prisoners in the captured in the East.

Adding to that list heading to East is Vladimir Dorogokupets, Semen Boitsov and Maxim Genko (although not Miroslav Melnyk who appears not to be on the list for exchange).  Finally Alexei and Elena Vlasenko will also leave (government controlled) Ukraine too.

The exchange will mean that numerous cases (but not quite all) relating to 2nd May 2014 will effectively close.  Also cases of espionage, terrorist recruitment, conspiracy to murder (in fact a conspiracy to commit a political assassination), and a car bombing among others effectively shut too.

A reader may suspect that the PGO and courts in Odessa would be pleased to see all remaining defendants with open cases specifically relating to 2nd May swapped for Ukrainians – for behind the rightful humanitarian and patriotic desire to get Ukrainian patriots back, it would save an awful lot of public embarrassment over ever collapsing cases.

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