Leonid Kuchma   Letter 17   25-Mar-2001   False tissue sample?

      March 25, 2001

Leonid Kuchma, President
vul. Bankova, 7
Kyiv, 252005

Leonid Kuchma:

Six months have passed since the disappearance of Heorhy Gongadze, and four months since the discovery of the headless corpse in Tarashcha, but the investigation conducted under your supervision has as yet failed to answer the fundamental question of whether the body is that of Heorhy Gongadze.  The latest episode in this fiasco is a German laboratory reporting that a tissue sample supplied by the Ukrainian government is not that of Gongadze, with some journalists erroneously concluding that the headless Tarashcha body is not that of Gongadze.

However, not all observers show this degree of confusion as to the significance of the new evidence.  Some observers reflect that if you were not guilty of Gongadze's murder, you would long ago have invited German and American investigators to independently examine the Tarashcha body without restriction, and to collect their own tissue samples for DNA analysis.  Nothing can be more obvious than that a murderer has the motivation, and that a dictator has the means, to provide a false tissue sample.

If you are not guilty of the murder of Gongadze, or not protecting those that are guilty, then your prolonged inability to determine whether the Tarashcha body is Gongadze's is proof of an incompetence so profound as to disqualify you from running the country one day longer than can be helped.

Lubomyr Prytulak