About a hundred Chornobyl disaster liquidators went on a protest at a central square in Kharkiv on Wednesday demanding the observance of the Ukrainian law on the status and social protection of citizens affected by the Chornobyl disaster.

"We'll come out here every day, except weekends, despite the frost. We'll protest until the government restarts to implement court rulings. We demand to end political repression against Chornobyl disaster liquidators using the prosecutor's office, the police and the financial inspection for this purpose. The financial inspection has no official right to check medical records of Chornobyl disaster liquidators, but still they're using secret medical information and keep holding inspections. We also demand the dismissal of Kharkiv deputy governor Ihor Shurma, who is secretly leading repression against Chornobyl disaster liquidators," one of the organizers of the rally, Valeriy Beliakov, said, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

Chairman of the all-Ukrainian association of Chornobyl disaster liquidators Volodymyr Proskurin said that he had information that the authorities plan to institute new criminal cases against Chornobyl disaster liquidators.

"We received information that deputy governor of Kharkiv region Ihor Shurma held a meeting with representatives of the law enforcement agencies, including prosecutors, investigating agencies and officials of the department on fighting against organized crime. At meeting they demanded to open new criminal cases against some Chornobyl activists from Kharkiv regarding possible fraud of our disabilities," he said.

"Since there are no legal reasons to send us for any medical examinations, Shurma demanded that the investigator issue an order for out detention and forced transfer to Dnipropetrovsk to a specialized research institute for disability matters," Proskurin said.

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