Boris Steckler at a Victory Day celebration was in Rivne, Ukraine, in 2013. The Soviet army veteran is being investigated for the killing, in 1952, of the Ukrainian nationalist Nil Khasevych. Photograph: YouTube
The Guardian: Ukraine investigates 94-year-old Jewish veteran over nationalist's death in 1952
Soviet army veteran Boris Steckler faces murder inquiry over his role in death of Ukrainian insurgent and could be jailed
Ukraine’s prosecutor general has opened a murder investigation against a 94-year-old Jewish Red Army veteran over the 1952 killing of a nationalist insurgent who has been accused of collaborating with Nazis.
The case comes amid a “decommunisation” campaign by the Ukrainian government, which has celebrated nationalist groups who fought the Soviets. If charged, the veteran could face a prison sentence.
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Update: Ukraine opens criminal probe against 94-year-old Jewish WWII hero (YNet News)
WNU Editor: During the war .... and after the region in Ukraine where my father grew up was liberated .... he was sent there and he was involved with a unit that tracked down Ukrainians who collaborated with the Nazis and who were involved in war crimes. I have been told that he was only deployed for a few weeks before he was sent back to the front .... but I do remember him telling me that these collaborators never gave up willingly .... that firefights were almost always the outcome. I do not know about the case of Soviet army veteran Boris Steckler .... but I am sure that he approached his job with zeal in finding these collaborators .... and I would not be surprised that he brought many of them to justice. The fact that one resisted and was killed does not surprise me .... the punishment for collaborating with the Nazis was years in a labour camp .... and for those who committed war crimes .... death. Do I feel sorry on what eventually happened to these Nazi supporters .... no .... their war crimes can never be excused. But that was over 60 years ago .... flash forward to today .... the Ukraine government's persecution of this war hero is a sign of where the government of President Poroshenko wants to go .... and unfortunately .... there are many who want to resurrect these mass butchers from the Second World War and make them as war heroes. They are anything but that ..... and it should make all of us shudder on where today's Ukrainian nationalists really want to go with this.
Hat tip to Jay for giving me this story.