Maidan hero’s family question fundraisers’ honesty


The parents of Belarusian-born Mikhail Zhyzneuski who was killed at Maidan on January, 22, suspect fundraisers of fraud. Only $2,000 were delivered to them, although larger sums of money were involved, they say.
Aiming to financially back Zhyzneuski’s family people were raising money in different parts of Ukraine. UAH 26,000 of the first sum collected were spent on the funeral and delivery of the body to Belarus, the rest was handed over to the family.
UAH 32,000 were raised in the town of Bila Tserkva, where the activist lived, but according to one of the fundraisers, the money was stolen. He allegedly made up for the sum, which was part of $2,000 delivered to Mikhail’s family, Andrey Strizhak, a civil activist from homel, stressed.
Although the Ukrainian authorities promised to provide financial aid they failed to support Mikhail Zhyzneuski’s relatives because they are not residents of Ukraine. However, money may be transferred via Rinat Akhmetov‘s foundation.
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‘People engaged in fundraising should be of moral authority,’Mr Strizhak says.
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Mikhail ‘Loki’ Zhyzneuski, who would have had his 26th birthday on January 26, left Belarus in 2005 and lived in the town of Bila Tserkva near Kyiv. He was killed on the morning of January 22 in Hrushevskoho Street. Mr Zhyzneuski was an activist of Ukrainian organisation UNA-UNSO (The Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People’s Self-Defense).

He was buried near the village of Znamya Pracy (Flag of Labour), Homel region. Ukraine’s authorities promised to recognise him as Hero of Maidan.

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