Early Days of Terror: Rybak’s Murder

Horlivka city council member Volodymyr Rybak was abducted in the neighboring town of Slovyansk on April 17, 2014, after attempting to pull down a pro-Russian flag, and his tortured body was later found in a river.

Вбивство депутата Рибака організували російські розвідники - Стрєлок і Безлер

Volodymyr Rybak (Image: Newsru.ua)

Over the weekend, Rybak’s battered body was found in a river near the separatist stronghold of Slavyansk, 60 miles away. According to investigators, he had been tortured. There were stab marks on his stomach and bruising on his chest. His stomach was slit open, with intestines falling out.  Rybak’s kidnappers tied a sandbag to his body and drowned him while he was unconscious.

(Image: Espreso.TV)

The second body with similar signs of torture belonged to Yuriy Popravko, Euromaidan’s activist.

Yuriy Popravko (image: Espresso.TV)


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