Plenipotentiary representative of the Russian Federation in the Contact group on settling the situation in Ukraine, Boris Gryzlov blamed the tragedy in Odessa gave the freedom of action of right-wing groups. He said this to journalists, commenting on the third anniversary of the events in Odessa on 2 may 2014.
“Today is the third anniversary of the tragic events in Odessa. On this day the whole world learned of the brutal crime, which killed at least 50 people. So far there is no clear-cut information about the results of the investigation, although we know exactly who is responsible for this crime, who gave the freedom of action of right-wing groups responsible for the death of people”, – said Gryzlov.
In Odessa on 2 may 2014, the radical “Right sector” (organization recognized as extremist in Russia) and the so-called “self-Maidan” burned the tent city on the Kulikovo field, where the residents of Odessa collected signatures for a referendum on the federalization of Ukraine and granting Russian language a state status. Supporters of federalization took refuge in the House of trade unions, but radicals surrounded the building and set it on fire. In those tragic events 48 people died and over 200 were injured.
Authorities conducted an investigation into these events and recognized the instigators of the clashes and unrest 22. Half of them were arrested, all of them are proponents of the “antimiani”. Among them were Russians Evgeny and Maxim Nefedov Sakauov.