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High-Profile Rape Trial Begins In Kyiv

  • RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service

The Vradiyivka rape case sparked protests after it was revealed that police initially released two of the suspects whose parents were former regional government officials.

The Vradiyivka rape case sparked protests after it was revealed that police initially released two of the suspects whose parents were former regional government officials.

KYIV -- The trial of three men, including two police officers, who are suspects in a high-profile rape case starts on September 26 in Ukraine's southern city of Mykolayiv.

The three are charged with the rape of a 29-year-old woman from the village of Vradiyivka in June.

The case made headlines after hundreds of Vradiyivka residents stormed the local police department in early July, protesting the release of one of the suspects from pretrial detention.

The region was hit by violent protests last year when a teenage girl died after being raped, strangled, and set on fire in the regional capital, Mykolayiv.

The case shocked the country and sparked protests after it was revealed that police initially released two of the suspects whose parents were former regional government officials.
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