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Моя мама против - Murder of Oksana Makar - Netflix
The murder of Oksana Makar took place in March 2012 in Ukraine, garnering extensive media coverage both at home and abroad and leading to mass protests. Oksana Makar, aged 18, was attacked by three men in the city of Mykolaiv on 8 March 2012: she was raped, strangled, set alight and left to die, though she survived another three weeks after being taken to hospital. Her case became a cause célèbre in Ukraine when only one of the attackers was charged by the police. The other two, whose parents were reported to be former government officials, were released on police bail, allegedly because of personal connections of their parents They were later rearrested after a public outcry and mass protests on 13 March. Protests demanding justice, to gather funds and encourage blood donations continued after the arrest as well.
Моя мама против - Public response - Netflix
The actions of the police were deeply criticised by the media and led to public protests in Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Lviv and Odessa. The death of Makar was linked with so-called “bigwig crimes”: crimes committed by either the children of public officials or by officials themselves. According to victim’s mother, Tatiana Surovitskaya, her connections within one of the central TV channels in Ukraine helped to ensure widespread initial media coverage. Surovitskaya posted a footage of Makar in hospital after medics had been forced to amputate one of her arms and both her feet on YouTube (these amputations can clearly be seen on the video) two weeks after the attack. Ukrainian billionaire and member of parliament Renat Akhmetov had aided the transfer of Makar to the Donetsk Burn Center and also paid for the Swiss surgeon. The Governor of the Mykolaiv province, Nikolai Kruglov blamed among the others the family of the injured girl: “The question of control of the child - it's family issues. This is a minor child, in our 18 years in school learning - I am at this point I say”. Raisa Bohatyryova (Deputy Prime Minister and concurrently the Minister of Health) held talks with Nikolai Kruglov and asked him to provide all the necessary medical care for Oksana. The Ukrainian Presidential adviser, Marina Stavniychuk, voiced her support to the residents of Mykolaiv and opposed the initial release of suspects. She announced that the Presidential Administration was surprised by the behavior of law enforcement officers, who released the suspects of the rape and attempted murder. The presidential adviser further expressed her personal disbelief over the release of the suspects. Member of parliament Serhiy Sobolev said that “the spokesman of the Mykolaiv regional police department is frankly lying” when she (Lt. Col. Olga Perederenko) stated that “the girl was in such condition that it could not provide any evidence”, Sobolev was shocked that Olga Perederenko still holds her position. During the plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) on March 14, Gennady Zadyrko, in reaction to the incident involving Oksana Makar, said that Ukraine should “bring back the death penalty”. The deputy Oleg Lyashko urged his colleagues to donate one day's salary to Makar's medical treatment. He also opined that they should “castrate pedophiles”. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Andriy Klyuyev expressed confidence that the perpetrators will be punished with the full extent of the law. He noted that “the government must adequately respond to any crime - no one has to avoid punishment, regardless of affiliation or social status”. An Honored Artist of Ukraine Angelica Rudnitskaya has stated she doesn't not believe in the execution of President Viktor Yanukovych order to ensure a full and impartial investigation of rape Oksana Makar. She said: “If the law enforcement system is not able to protect its citizens and punish those responsible, the people themselves must all available legal means to force her to do it”. After Makar had died on 29 March 2012 President Yanukovych and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov were among the first to offer condolences. Azarov wrote on his blog “No compromises. Only with the knowledge that punishment is inevitable will these monsters fear to encroach on people’s lives and rights.”
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