Some in Ukraine want Paul Manafort investigated for his suspected role in the mass murder of Ukrainian protesters in 2014. Over a hundred people were gunned down by pro-regime forces as they protested in Kiev's Maidan square according to the Daily Beast .
Text messages between Paul Manafort's daughters implicate their father in murder.
In March this year The Daily Beast reported that Yevgenia Zakrevskaya, an attorney in the Ukrainian capital, and one of the strongest liberal voices in the country, focused attention on Manafort after text messages between his daughters were hacked and released in February. One of them, from Andrea Manafort to her sister, read “Don’t fool yourself. The money we have is blood money.”
Some in Ukraine believe that Manafort advised Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (or forces aligned with him) to murder protesters in Maidan square.
Was Manafort backing all the decisions by Yanukovych, including the murders of protesters in Maidan square? Many in Ukraine suspect that was the case. “All Mr. Yanukovych’s allies, supporters of the former regime, should be questioned on this case as potentially responsible for the mass killings during the Maidan protests; including, if the facts get proved, Mr. Manafort,” Ukrainian legal expert Mikhail Zhernakov told The Daily Beast.
In Ukraine, some are ecstatic about Manafort's indictment in the U.S. For 10-years, Manafort served Russian interests to the detriment of the country.
“It is very important for Ukraine to never see such a phenomenon as Manafort on its soil ever again,” journalist and commentator Ekaterina Sergatskova told The Daily Beast. “He symbolizes the ‘old regime’ of money laundering, corrupt lobbying, dirty scams—the regime that made millions suffer—both in Ukraine and in United States. Manafort served a regime that worked under Russia’s total control—that regime should never come to power in Ukraine again.”