Fate is a funny thing… I have just written an article about this friend of mine – an honest Russian journalist, Nikita Perfiliev, who had come to Maidan being neutral to what was happening, but had quickly understood everything and taken the side of the Ukrainian people. Three days ago, we met on Maidan, had some sandwiches and coffee in the Ukrainian House. By the way, the photo with the Cossack saber was made by him.
But now I must completely rewrite the article because yesterday Nikita was kidnapped by some people wearing plain clothes who spoke Russian without a Ukrainian accent (with clear ”a”), taken to their base, beaten all night, had all of his teeth knocked out, stole all of his money and his Russian passport. Well, at least my ears were spared, says Nikita. After that, not so long ago, they took him to Basseyna str, where he rents an apartment, and threw him out by the entrance. He went to the hospital, where they surveyed the results of the beatings. He called the cops, they said: ”We do not have any police stations with an underground parking.” The cops themselves were shocked, FSB (Federal Security Service of Russia) or SSO (Special operation forces?) has a base practically in the center of Kiev. Nikita is resting at the moment and will later make an official announcement to the press.