Charges dropped against group over racism incident targeting Olympic champion

Charges dropped against group over racism incident targeting Olympic champion

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Police in Kyiv have closed criminal proceedings over an August 13 provocation incident involving Olympic wrestling champion Zhan Beleniuk, who is also a legislator with the ruling Servant of the People parliamentary faction.

That’s according to Oksana Tyshchenko, a spokesperson for the Pechersk District Unit of Kyiv PD, who confirmed the report to Ukrinform.

"Yes, I confirm this," she said.

According to Tyshchenko, the criminal case was closed based on Beleniuk's appeal to not proceed with prosecuting the offenders.

Read also: Wrestler Beleniuk wins Ukraine's first gold medal at Tokyo Olympics

As Ukrinform reported earlier, on August 13, Beleniuk wrote on a social network that a group of aggressive men in Kyiv had attempted trying to provoke a conflict with him by shouting racist insults.

On the same day, the police launched a formal inquiry into the incident under Article 161 of the Criminal Code (Violation of equality of citizens depending on race, nationality or religious beliefs).

Zhan Beleniuk, a Ukrainian Greco-Roman wrestler,  won a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics in the men's 87kg event, bringing the country the only gold from the Games.

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