Police launch criminal proceedings due to events in parliament
The police have opened criminal proceedings due to the events that occurred in the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday, January 16, the media liaisons department of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has told Ukrinform.
"Today the police opened criminal proceedings due to the events that took place in the building of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine," the department said. In particular, the investigation department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's main office in Kyiv launched proceedings regarding "some persons" committing hooliganism in relation to Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Rybak and his First Deputy Ihor Kaletnik. Another criminal case was opened due to hooliganism that led the causing of bodily harm to MP Volodymyr Malyshev. As reported, on January 16 the opposition blocked the rostrum in the Verkhovna Rada to protest against the adoption of the state budget for 2014. Several incidents occurred as a result of this, and Party of Regions MP Volodymyr Malyshev sustained a head injury during them.