The Interior Affairs Ministry is considering the possibility that the abduction of Dmytro Bulatov, the leader of anti-government motorist movement (Automaidan), was staged, Oleh Tatarov, the head of the Interior Affairs Ministry's investigations department, announced at a press conference.
"It may have been staged with the aim of committing a provocation to trigger a negative response in the society," he said.
In addition, Tatarov stressed that the possibility that Bulatov was kidnapped for money and other possibilities were also being considered.
In addition, the ministry expressed regret that friends and relatives of Bulatov were not cooperating with investigators.
Tatarov considers it a very suspicious coincidence that Bulatov himself and his car were found on the same day.
At the same time, according to Tatarov, investigators asked a court for permission to obtain records of Bulatov's telephone conversations on the first day of his disappearance.
Investigators sent requests to the mass media for video materials, as well as requests to all the organizations that could provide videos capturing the kidnapping of Bulatov.
In addition, Tatarov said that law enforcement officials had not yet considered possible involvement of members of the Oplot fight club (Kharkiv) in the abduction of the activist, but they intend to consider it in the near future, given media reports.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Bulatov went missing on January 22 and was found beaten in the Kyiv region in the evening on January 30.
The activist himself claimed that unidentified people kidnapped him, tortured him cruelly, and cut off his ear.
Police also found Bulatov's car in the Dniprovskyi district of Kyiv in the evening on January 30.