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Ukraine rape scandal victim Oksana Makar dies

5:05 pm - 03/29/2012
An eighteen-year-old Ukrainian woman has died in hospital, weeks after a brutal sexual assault that prompted a campaign against political corruption.

Oksana Makar was attacked in the southern city of Mykolayiv on 8 March by three men who raped her and tried to strangle her before setting her alight.

Three men were arrested, but two - whose parents had political connections - were released without charge.

They have since been re-arrested, after the case prompted a national outcry.

Interior ministry spokesman Volodymyr Polischuk told a news conference on Thursday that all three men, aged 22 to 24, now faced charges of rape and murder. He said they could face life sentences in jail.

Ms Makar lost consciousness after her attackers abandoned her at a construction site and set fire to her.

She was eventually found the next morning by a stranger and taken to hospital in Mykolayiv with 55% burns.

'Heinous crime'

She was transferred to a specialist unit in the eastern city of Donetsk because of the severity of her burns and damage to her lungs.

Doctors at the hospital's burns centre said her heart had stopped because of bleeding in her lungs and she died after repeated attempts to resuscitate her.

Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko has stated that the parents of two of the suspects are former government officials in the Mykolayiv area.

Ukrainian media have shown footage of one of the three suspects describing to police how Ms Makar was attacked in a flat in the city and then wrapped in a blanket and left in a pit.

The victim's mother posted a video of her lying in her hospital bed, in which some of her appalling injuries were visible.

The Kiev Post described the attack as "one of Ukraine's most heinous crimes in recent years".

There have been several protests in Mykolayiv and elsewhere in Ukraine, including Odessa, Lviv and Kharkiv.

The case has led to the Communist Party, which is part of the ruling coalition in parliament, to highlight its call for a return to the death penalty.

doverz 29th-Mar-2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is fucking horrible. I can't believe those monsters set her on fire. All three of them better end up locked away because of this.
myrrhmade 29th-Mar-2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
Fucking heart-breaking.
tabaqui 29th-Mar-2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, fucking hell, that's so damn horrible. I hope Oksana is at peace.

And i hope these three rot.
evilgmbethy 29th-Mar-2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
oh my god, how fucking awful. They all three need to be severely punished for this. christ.
rhodanum 30th-Mar-2012 03:55 am (UTC)
... god fucking dammit!

I've been following this case ever since I first heard of it. For a while it almost looked as if Oksana was going to make it (at one point she was very much lucid and able to talk to prosecutors about what happened. Of course, that was connected with the fact that they had initially not taken any sort of statement from her, despite the fact that the family had repeatedly said she was awake and alert!)

Also, I'm torn between utter disgust and complete lack of surprise that it took international outrage and pressure to get these monsters behind bars again. It's no surprise in this part of the world that if you're rich and/or politically powerful, you can easily get away with murder. After all, the lives of the common people don't matter as much as that of some moneyed bigh-shot's son. ><

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