Far-Right Activist Shot Self: Ukraine

Sashko Bily's death an accident: interior ministry

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 2, 2014 9:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – The death of a Ukrainian far-right activist in a shoot-out last week came at his own hands, the country's interior ministry says: Sashko Bily, as he is known, accidentally shot himself twice while police tried to arrest him. The first shot just grazed him, but the second was fatal, officials say following an investigation. Police had been trying to push Bily, whose real name is Oleksandr Muzychko, to the ground as they attempted to handcuff him. They acted according to the law, the investigation found. Members of his group, the Right Sector, previously warned they'd get revenge for his death; they haven't commented on the official findings, the BBC notes.

In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 file photo, Right Sector's activist Oleksandr Muzychko, better known by his nom de guerre Sashko Bily, speaks in Rivne, Western Ukraine.
In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 file photo, Right Sector's activist Oleksandr Muzychko, better known by his nom de guerre Sashko Bily, speaks in Rivne, Western Ukraine.   (AP Photo/Olexander Kursuk, UNIAN, file)
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