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Torture in Ukraine: Who will talk about the abuse of a “Russian saboteur”


The first part of this story can be found here.

Torture in Ukraine: Who will talk about the abuse of a "Russian saboteur"

Darya Mastikasheva

Original by Ekaterina Sazhneva published by Moskovskiy Komsomolets; Translated by J.Hawk exclusively for SouthFront

The 30-year-old Darya Mastikasheva is now labeled a “Russian saboteur #1” in Ukraine. She’s one of the most, if not the most, famous political prisoners here. Three days ago MK published an article about Dasha and how she fell into SBU hands.

Right after our publication, without any trial or investigation, she was taken from investigative detention and sent to a psychiatric hospital. Supposedly for a mandatory evaluation. But nobody knows where or why. On the eve of another “Minsk” Darya’s relatives are begging international human rights groups to intervene and save her. They are afraid they’ll never see her again.

“Does Europe really not notice that Ukraine is officially torturing undesirables? Against detainees whom they call “Moscow agents” without any evidence. If this were happening in Russia, the whole world would be creaming about it, but here someone is sent to some unknown place and everyone keeps quiet, as if it were the right thing to do”, says Sergey Sokolov, Darya’s husband.

The three-time taekwondo champion Darya Mastikasheva became a “Russian terrorist” almost by accident. After she went to Dnepropetrovsk to visit her mother in August to help her prepare her 10 year old son for school. There, on someone’s orders the Right Sector kidnapped her, tortured her, did whatever they wanted. And then, beaten up, was “delivered” to the SBU.

Dasha herself has had a Russian residence permit for the last two years, but was not able to bring her relatives over. But Dasha got married to Sergey Sokolov, who is well known in certain circles because he was the head of security to Boris Berezovskiy and even today he searches out and publishes sensational scoops.

Sergey believes that Dasha was arrested because of him. She was easier to get. Sokolov is currently one of the main witnesses in the Russian investigation of the murder of the former Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov, shot in Kiev in March. Sergey gave all available information to the investigators concerning the alleged instigators and executors of the murder, the members of Dnepropetrovsk mafia and also the top echelon of Ukrainian elite and the infamous oligarch Igor Kolomoysky.

SBU officially announced that Darya Mastikasheva, a citizen of Ukraine, sold herself to Russia and planned sabotage, but for some reason the actual plan was very complicated because the explosions were to be staged by Ukrainian soldiers on Russian territory. “The main invention of Russian intelligence services is the unwitting use of Ukrainian anti-terror operation (ATO) troops as cover for their operations,” the head of SBU Vasiliy Gritsak is categorical.

Gritsak believes Darya Mastikasheva recruited Ukrainians to go to Moscow, perform acts of terrorism, then surrender to the FSB thus implicating Independent Ukraine.

The very recent Minsk meeting finally made it possible to reach an agreement on a prisoner exchange between Kiev, Lugansk, and Donetsk.

One of the names on this long list is Dasha’s. She was not about to keep quiet about what was happening, she sent photos of herself bearing the signs of banned torture from detention through a lawyer, she was also ready to talk about who kidnapped her and how these people are tied to Ukrainian intelligence.

“SBU evidently didn’t want to let it happen. It would have meant Ukraine does not observe any international conventions and do whatever they want, not only with Dasha but with everyone,” says Sokolov. Darya had to be silenced. Before she could testify.

There were two ways: physical liquidation which would be difficult because Dasha was written about many times, including in Ukrainian media, and nobody would have believed in suicide. Option 2 was to declare her mentally ill, sent for mandatory testing to a psychiatric hospital, then do whatever they could to ensure she’d never talk again…Psychiatrists have many ways of doing that.

“On November 24, Friday, SBU took Dasha from detention supposedly to court where she was appealing. But she never got there…She was instead sent to Dnepropetrovsk Clinical Psychiatric hospital and forcibly committed to Department 15. They had no right to do that without a court order,” Sokolov can’t contain his emotions. “Her lawyers were told the case is being moved. Nobody knew anything. All her things were still in the cell. But later in the day the detention center cancelled her detainee ID.”
Human rights defenders were not allowed to see her. Nobody explained the illegal hospitalization. It’s only known she’s in a monitored room and is being actively medicated.

Sulfazine, perhaps? One injection causes mad pain for 2-3 days, high fever, thirst, but they won’t let you drink. That’s what drug addicts say about it after being forcibly treated with it. “One can view it as torture, in order to break will. One can also inject gaseous oxygen. With a thick needle into the leg or shoulder blade region”, a medical technician described punitive treatment to MK. “One feels like your skin is being ripped off. Sometimes drug users are being intimidated this way, the procedure itself takes 2-3 minutes, because neither the victims nor the medics can take more of it.”

One could also use other drugs. A week of shock does, then withdrawal. Guaranteed loss of sanity after a few months.

“The reason why SBU sent her to this hell, with impunity, is simple–they want to extract a confession that Dasha is a Moscow spy, and also turn her into a vegetable, someone truly insane, so that she could never tell who did what to her, never testify in a future Nuernberg, which I am certain will sooner or later happen,” Sokolov said.

He says there are only a couple of days left to take Dasha out of the clinic, that is by putting the question of Ukraine’s use of torture and punitive psychiatric measures on the agenda at the next Minsk meeting. On Wednesday.

Comment from Maria Bast, the chair of the Russian Lawyers Association for Human Rights:

–We’ve been collecting materials on Ukrainian torture since 2013. All the complaints and statements have been analyzed by specialists to establish their veracity and reliability, and received an independent evaluation. These data were rechecked by us, they have been confirmed by citizens in Ukrainian prisons and detention facilities, their relatives, and by the victims who were released as well as refugees who managed to cross the border to literally save their lives and their childrens’ lives. On the basis of this information we have come to the conclusion that Ukrainian government has created the conditions for violating the norms of international humanitarian law, facilitated the mass violation of human rights and freedoms. One should also draw the attention to the International Convention against Forcible Disappearances form 2006 that has not been ratified by Ukraine.

In 2011, on the basis of available information, Ukrainian human rights defenders have noted that someone is subjected to torture in Ukraine once every 40 minutes.

One should also note that the report prepared by our specialists was accepted by the UN Committee Against Torture in March 2016, and that a special commission was formed at the UN which during its visit to Ukraine in May 2016 received confirmation of the cases of torture mentioned in our report, including holding people in secret prisons.

This is clearly government policy. I have many questions concerning the murder of Pavel Sheremet. Or Oles Buzina. Officially, death penalty has been banned, it’s difficult to put such people on trial, therefore it’s tempting to eliminate such undesirables using other means.



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  • Black Waters

    Fucking ukrops…

  • Gregory Casey

    Many Ukrainians have hopes but really, a sort of demented view that one day, and soon, they will be welcomed to the European Union but, for as long as Ukraine’s Security Services and Government act like they answer to Stalin or Hitler, this will never happen. Time for ordinary Ukrainians the majority of whom are scared to raise their voices to take to the streets and tear down this putrid racketeering mess of Nazis that calls itself the Government and Civil Society in Ukraine.

    • Simon Gould

      I would have thought acting like Hitler was a prerequisite for joining the EU which repeatedly ignores referenda in member states – or makes them vote again until they get the result the EU wants.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Jew Oligarchs running Ukraine,
    back-up by the US/Zionist/NATO
    are the WW2 NAZI temper best Xerox copy !

    US/NATO have Eastern-Europe tortures best records

  • RichardD

    Sounds like CIA and Mossad regime change criminality to me.

  • Melotte 22

    Russia made a big mistake by recognising nazi government in Kiev, right after the legitimate government was overthrown by bandera scumbags. Kremlin should completely cut all diplomatic and economic relationship with this nazi state. If this was done in 2014, Ukropistan would fall apart by now.

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  • Serious

    After world cup is finished, invade and south ukraine.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Before the World Cup please Serious ,so that I am spared the sight of grown men kicking a ball around for days in the newspapers and on TV :)

      • matt

        I Agree on the stupidity off proffesional football!

  • Solomon Krupacek

    who will write about abuse of pussy riot members in russia?

    i am against all forms of abuse of adults and children. but russians should focus on their country. already tolstoy wrote, the wife beaten is good. and putin in favour of this philosophy allowed the violance in family. so, russians can beat their wives, will not go in prison, moreover, in russia is criminal act only the production of child pornography, not collection. :(

    so, southront, i invite such good articles from you also about russian problems.

    • RichardD

      You’re the one who doesn’t think that the Jews raping babies is a crime. But if non Jews in Russia were raping babies and infecting them with venereal disease like the Jews do, I’m sure that you’d be outraged.

    • Tudor Miron

      Abuse of pussy riots? allowed violence in family? Why are you posting your sexual fantasies here and what it has to do with Russia?

    • slayern2

      That was a big mouthful of diarrhea even by your trolling standards…. What “abuse of pussy riot members” you braindead sh*teating imbecile? How can you even compare torture of this poor girl by these UkroNazi degenerates with some drugged Soros-paid bitches? Do you even know what torture and abuse means? Try Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib you NATO worshipping cretin.
      Child pornography? WtF? Nothing to do with this whatsoever, you’re just projecting your childhood traumas here.
      So go play with your uncle and his boyfriend…. and Joe Biden – he’s an expert. Fkin moron.

      • Lav
      • matt

        Ridiculous comment! Both Ukraine and Russia are violating human rights! Anyone that denies that is a fucking hypocrite! And offcourse the west is hypocrite as well! Human rights exist only in theory

        • Tudor Miron

          Matty, you’re something special :) As I understand UK/US/Israel/Saudi Arabia (in contrary to those pesky russkies) are defending human rights? Doing their best? :)

          • goingbrokes

            He’s an agent of chaos. Everyone is guilty, everyone is a hypocrite, everyone is corrupt, no one is right (so no one is wrong either), no one is better than anyone else (except israel), there is no goodness in anyone so what’s the point of being honest. It is talmudic philosophy.

        • slayern2

          Your comment is both ridiculous and idiotic… and absolutely nothing to with my comment (or common sense), you are delusional like your boyfriend Solomon. Say no to drugs!

        • Lav

          Actually you are a ‘fucking hypocrite’: just compare Nadiya Savchenko’s (Ukr. bytch involved in murder of russian journalists) treatment in Russia with this Darya , then talk about human rights violations and bs. Russians are too lenient.

    • RichardD

      There have been 100 US prisoner death in custody cases ruled homicides from the Afghan and Iraq wars closed due to a “lack of evidence” This is one that wasn’t:

      “Dilawar of Yakubi, was an Afghan taxi driver who was tortured to death by US army soldiers at the Bagram Collection Point, a US military detention center in Afghanistan. …

      a death certificate dated 12 December 2002, ruled that his death was due to a direct result of assaults and attacks he sustained at the hands of interrogators of the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion during his stay at Bagram. The document was signed by Lt. Col. Elizabeth A. Rouse of the U.S. Air Force, a pathologist with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington DC, and listed as its finding that the “mode of death” was “homicide,” …

      A subsequent autopsy revealed that his legs had been “pulpified,” and that even if Dilawar had survived, it would have been necessary to amputate his legs. …

      lead interrogator Specialist Glendale C. Walls of the U.S. Army pleaded guilty at a military court to pushing Dilawar against a wall and doing nothing to prevent other soldiers from abusing him. Wells was subsequently sentenced to two months in a military prison. Two other soldiers convicted in connection with the case escaped custodial sentences.”


    • Lav

      Meanwhile in Britain the Church of England is forcing 4y.old kid to be gay…

      • Solomon Krupacek

        i dont read such bullshts. in england the sex with child is criminal act.

        • Lav

          I’m surprised you know to read at all…

    • FlorianGeyer

      Those Pussy Riot prostitutes stripped off in a Christian Church Solomon.

      Your pals are pissed off that some people stripped off and danced in an alleged gas chamber at the Struthoff labour camp for Jews and others in the 1990’s and want them prosecuted .

    • AM Hants

      Who will write about the abuse of those frozen chickens, used by the Pussy Riot Members (funded by Soros)? If they cannot take the punishment, then they should not do the crime. Or did they believe that Daddy Soros would come to the rescue?

  • John Andris

    @Southfront Perhaps you should take a look at your comment section and the flame messages-to say it as politely as I can-of user “Solomon Krupacek” and take action.

    • Solomon Krupacek

      the truth hurts


      • RichardD

        “the evidebces are against you. and typical for ou, amnimal”

      • RichardD

        From the article:

        “Defenders of the law say it closes a nonsensical loophole by which violent acts committed by family members are punished more harshly than those committed by strangers.

        “The question is not whether it’s OK to hit or not. Of course it isn’t. The question is how to punish people and what you should punish them for,” said Olga Batalina, one of the MPs who drafted the law.”

      • FlorianGeyer

        It must do and you get shafted by Truth every day here Solomon :)

      • John Andris

        You are so far from any notion of truth you can’t even begin to fathom..

    • Tudor Miron

      This little troll is not bothering (I’m not trying to speak for SF but most commenterts) much :) He’s desperation (trying to turn reality upside down) is amusing.

  • Hodei

    Las violaciones de derechos humanos masivas que lleva cometiendo el gobierno de Kiev, desde que tomo el poder por la fuerza en el 2014, como torturas, encarcelamientos ilegales e incluso fusilamientos, han sido totalmente silenciados por los medios de comunicación occidentales y el gobierno ucraniano. Y las victimas han sido civiles, periodistas, políticos y todos los colectivos que defendían sus libertades lingüísticas, culturales y políticas, amenazas severamente por los ideales ultranacionalistas de Kiev.
    El gobierno a utilizado a los batallones neonazis para cometer estos crímenes, que si hubieran pasado en Rusia contra los ucranianos, todos el mundo estaría hablando de ello, pero como pasa en Ucrania…

  • Don’t read butthurt replies

    Aren’t Ukrainians Russian descendants?

    • Arthur Smith

      “Ukrainians” are hillbillies from Galicia, serfs of polish masters that got duped by Austria-Hungary into declaring themself a distinct people, while not even majority of their little tribe agreed to it, but oh well – they had A-H punitive authorities on their side so it went on. It doesn’t matter whether or not they are of russian descent – their identity is built upon hatred towards the civilization that refused to be part of Pope’s and Napoleon’s Europe.