Horrific Ukraine Rape Sparks Political Storm
An 18-year-old gang raped and set on fire in Ukraine has died. Her case has caused outrage as two of the attackers with political connections were set free.
Oksana Makar died from severe burns and lung damage. Medics had amputated one of her arms and both her legs to try to keep her alive.
In a Youtube video filmed by her mother, she described from her hospital bed how she was raped, strangled and burned by three men in an attack which stripped off 55 percent of her skin.
Her mother asks her what punishment her attackers should receive, she replies that their testicles should be cut off and fed to dogs. But two of her attackers, Maxim Prisyjnikov, 23, the son of the regional administrator, and Artyon Pogosyan, 21, the son of the regional prosecutor, were initially freed by police in the town of Mykolayiv in southern Ukraine.
Makar says she was invited by Prisyjnikov and Pogosyan to their friend Yevgeniy Krasnoshek’s apartment, where she was allegedly raped.
They tried to strangle her to death before wrapping her in a sheet, dumping her in a pit at a construction site and setting her alight.
She was found barely alive the following day by a man who heard her moaning. After undergoing surgery, she was finally able to recount her ordeal to police.
The perceived corruption sparked mass protests including by naked women outside Ukraine’s parliament holding placards reading ‘Death to sadists.’ The two initially freed have now been arrested and President Viktor Yanukovich has sent an investigating team to Mykolayiv.
The children of Ukraine’s elite are known as mazhory, or rich brats. They are known for often shocking behavior such as public violence or causing death by dangerous driving, as well as murder. Some have landed in court but usually they get away unpunished or with misdemeanors, critics say, because of powerful parents.
Ukraine slipped to the 152nd place of 183 countries in Transparency International’s 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index.
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