The materials of the court hearing (Tornado). Obolonsky District of Kiev.
August, 2016. Why is the meeting closed? There are the following reasons: In connection with the investigation of crimes against sexual freedom and sexual inviolability; the need to prevent disclosure of circumstances that humiliate the dignity of the victims of torture; the need to ensure the safety of victims and witnesses. What charges the commander (Tornado) R.Onishchenko and a group of his subordinates? In the creation of a criminal organization and committing criminal offences associated with: satisfaction from sexual pleasure in an unnatural way; the abuse of power and official authority; illegal acquisition of a vehicle; unlawful imprisonment and kidnapping; torture; bringing a person to the brink of suicide; illegal entrance into a home. SUBTITLES START AT 2:15 Shevchenko’s testimony about sexual violence from R.Onishchenko and “Tornado members” side on S.Yurchenko. One day, one man unknown to me was brought. “Mujaheed” and “Bizon” beat him with an electric shockers. Then when their shockers were discharged they told me and “Palchik” to get up. We got up, and Ruslan Onishchenko told us to rape him. I told Ruslan that I will not do it. “Mujaheed” pointed a gun at me and told me we will shoot you right now. I really took this as a threat of murder. And I behaved as Onishchenko told me. Judge: Describe it in detail, please. Ruslan Onishchenko ordered to put penis in mouth and in anus of Yurchenko. Judge: What did you do precisely? Me, I was ordered to put…. I was near the head. “Palchik” was at his behind. Judge: And you did it? Yes, because I really took this threat seriously as murder. And “Palchik” did it also? I didn’t look. Ruslan Onishchenko’s reaction to testimony of Yurchenko’s mother concerning his murder. I don’t want to live. My son is not here anymore. And you think that I lie? They are sitting in a cage and laughing! They behaved cruelly with my son – it is inadmissible to do it. And are you sure that they behaved in this way? What are you snotting up for? Are you sure? Point out with your finger to the one who touched your son? And was he [your son] here? You was told about this by these two people. Choose among us who to hang if you love so much your son. Choose among us. Look here – choose among us! Testimony of victim about torture with electricity by “Tornado members”. Judge: You also said that a field generators were used against you? Yes, field telephone. Judge: What did it look like and in which way was it used? There was a generator in it. They supposedly were turning the handle. And bare wires were put on different parts of the body. To the testicles and legs… To different parts of the body – to the back. [inaudible] On the first day “Bizon” put a handcuff on my leg, a chain, and a yellow weight. And it is in this way I was walking during this first day. Testimonies of victims about beating, torturing, theft by Onishchenko and “Tornado members”. I was serving in battalion Shahtyorsk. They put a sack on my head. There were another two people sat behind in the car, I didn’t see. They threw me in the boot. It was winter. We arrived in Privoliye. They put me in the basement. I don’t remember for how long. One or two hours passed and Onishchenko arrived. It seemed that he was glad I was brought here. They took off my clothes, until nude. They tied me in spread-eagle position, like a frog. Onishchenko took a ski pole, and struck me at least 30 times. On the legs and genitals. After he even became tired to swing the pole, and asked who else wants to the next to do it? They beat me on the head and body, and then they put me in a glass [a room 1.5m x 1.5m]. It was winter. It was very cold, because of the pain. I don’t want to stay alive. I snapped off a piece of rusted metal from the door. I didn’t want to live. I started to cut my veins. They cut a word into my chest with a razor blade, and made an incision on my upper lip. And they poured Indian Ink on it He is the commander of battalion [Onishchenko], but he had completely different aims. The aims of profit, robbing, subtraction. One young guy had a Hummer 3, they took it away from him. This guy was hanging on the chain. This was hanging for 3 days in Shahtyorsk, near where we were based near Mariupol. After I never saw him again. And the Hummer became the Shahtyorsk battalion’s car. He disappeared. They took off the registration plate. They drew white stripes on it. This guy went AWOL without any sign of life, despite that he was Ukrainian. He was begging not to kill him. He said he would give them his business, anything they wanted. And then Onishchenko somehow brought a young woman It was somewhere in the region of New Year. Whether she decided with her guy to leave Tornado for good or to go home for a week – I didn’t understand. As there were no conditions, they caught her, as I understand, at the bus stop. And then they brought this Georgian, I mean this young couple, back in Tornado battalion. I just heard when the fighters came that they said that the Georgian was beaten or they wanted to beat him. And the fiancé of the Georgian – Onishchenko put her in the basement, and covered me with a blanket. He insisted to make love with her. I didn’t see in which way. But I heard the girl try to withstand him. She begged him whilst weeping to not touch her. She asked him many times to leave her alone. Situation near Obolon regional court Semenchenko: That’s why there is no reason to wait. If the court will not accept, ordinary, normal, lawful demands, many more of our friends will arrive and we will pull the gate down. And we will simply go inside. Investigative experiment with victims Can you demonstrate with the help of this stick how they beat you? Where was “Bizon” positioned? Where was “Mujaheed” positioned? How did he beat you? Like that Like that on the legs They were standing like that They beat and even jumped up, which made the blue marks on their behinds. Electric shockers and generator were used in region of testicles, of head all along the back and legs Did you move alone on the territory? In the beginning they hung a weight on me In order to mock Here, near my bed, a man was lying The same height as me So they raped him They said to take him by the head, and put it in his mouth They said like that you will have this freak from both sides. I took him by his head and put it in What? Penis He ordered us to masterbate because we weren’t getting hard As soon as their penis got hard, they immediately set their phones to record. And after he put his penis in anus He was crying, begging not to touch him Everybody was subjected to physical violence A pensioner was led here They hung him by his legs from the ceiling And they beat him until he was black I was kept here I was with them on the same sofa From January 2015 to the middle of February 2015 On the territory of the school the fighters were beaten Q: Did you see them?
Q: Can you show us where it happened? The men were the holding the school desk to prevent it from toppling over. He was standing as I remember like that He swung it back and hit the buttocks Until the knees, on the thighs it was not just a hit, but a blow with aspiration. After a series of blows (roughly 20) the man lost consciousness. Several times, members of Tornado itself that were guilty of something were kept here. Woman… they took her in Lisichansk She was complaining permanently about varicose veins. That her legs are painful It was like that that they beat her It means there were hits and prods with sticks? And was there violence of a sexual nature in relation to her? Well, as she described to me… Face down? Arms like that… and legs like that… The violent acts were made in this way According to her words I understood that it was… And also there were maybe 10 persons It was told that they will need the 200’s [callsign for dead during the war] because it will create compassion for Tornado, and the proof that they are really at war. The fact that it is his project, and he invested a lot of money in this business project And this money must be taken by force, because he has not yet made a profit. What is business project? Well, that all of this is in his business. What “all this”? “All this” is Tornado Battalion. We are obliged to show all society, which demand and must be protected by the state, that the inevitability of punishment for torture, humiliation, and under cover of militias’ epaulets must arrive.