Justice is being demanded over the rape and torture of a 19-year-old Ukrainian woman whose injuries resulted in the amputation of an arm and both feet. Two of the alleged suspects are from families with high social status and were released without bail.
Oksana Makar was lured into an apartment by three men, gang-raped, strangled, raped again, then dumped in a ditch and set alight. The fire caused third and fourth degree burns on 55 percent of her body. The pretty blond teenager survived the ordeal. According to Persephone Makar never lost consciousness throughout her horrendous ordeal.
A petition demanding justice was sent to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych by the Change.org., stating "two of alleged suspects are from families with high social status and resources - in fact, they were released without bail. We are concerned that the law enforcement is not doing their job in regard of this serious incident and shows no interest in investigating the facts and bringing the perpetrators to justice."
Two of the three suspects come from powerful families in the town of Mykolayiv. Maxim Prisyjnikov, 23,is the son of the regional administrator and Artyon Pogosyan, 21, is the son of the regional prosecutor. The third suspect Evgeny Krasnochek, is not as well connected and was not released.
During a taped interview Krasnochek confessed his part in the brutal attack, saying "She shouted, waving her arms, damnit, I raped her. Well then she calmed down, and I decided to knock her down. The other guys came in and saw what was happening, and then the guy whose apartment it was said that we needed to clean up, we had to remove the body. When we got home, we changed clothes and went to the store. The guys wanted another drink."
Demonstrations, the petition and a protest by the Ukrainian topless activists group Fema, have resulted in President Yanukovych ordering the arrest of Pogosyan and Prisyjnikov. The two men were initially treated as witnesses, too well monied and connected to high up officials to be arrested as suspects.
CNN reported Fema protested in front of the General Prosecutors office in Kiev, chanting "Death to the sadists!" and "Execute the bastards!" Ukrainians were disgusted and sickened by the attack on Oksana Makar and tired of the endless corruption that could have allowed those responsible to walk free without charge. It is hoped that international pressure will result in justice for Makar.