Automaidan activist Bulatov leaves for Germany after treatment in Lithuania
Ukrainian opposition activist and leader of the Automaidan, the car-based arm of the anti-government protests, Dmytro Bulatov, has finished his treatment in Lithuania and is heading for Germany to visit his father and grandmother.
As reported by Baltic News Service (BNS), the 35-year-old Ukrainian thanked Lithuanian citizens and the hospital staff for the care and assistance he received during his treatment in the Republican Vilnius University Hospital.
Bulatov arrived in Vilnius on February 3. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier earlier said that his country was also ready to accept the activist for medical treatment.
Meanwhile, the Lithuanian State Forensic Service is currently preparing its conclusions regarding the nature of Bulatov's injuries.
Head of the State Forensic Service Romas Raudys said on Wednesday that the examination was ordered by the Foreign Ministry of Lithuania.
Bulatov went missing on January 23. On the day he went missing, his wife reported him missing with the Darnytsky district police department through her lawyer.
Bulatov made contact on January 30. The activist was badly beaten and he said he had been held by unknown people.
In the meantime, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported on January 31 that several Automaidan activists, including Bulatov, were wanted by police in connection with riots in Kyiv.
Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko said two criminal cases involving Bulatov had been opened, one treats him as a victim of abduction (Article 146 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), another as a suspect in criminal proceedings on mass riots (Article 294 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).
Investigators are following several lines of inquiry, including the possible staging of the abduction in order to provoke public outrage.
The Interior Ministry also said that Bulatov was reluctant to cooperate with investigators.