An anti-government activist armed with chainsticks smokes a cigarette at a barricade in central Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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Police on Friday opened an investigation into the kidnapping of an opposition activist, who said he was held captive for more than a week and tortured in the latest in a string of mysterious attacks on anti-government protesters in the two-month-long political crisis.Dmytro Bulatov, 35, a member of Automaidan, a group of car owners that has taken part in the protests against President Viktor Yanukovych, went missing Jan. 22 . Bulatov had been missing for eight days, and the protesters organized a campaign for his release.Hrytsenko said Automaidan members had come under tremendous pressure during the protests, with their cars burnt and activists detained, harassed and threatened. Bulatov went missing one day after Igor Lutsenko, another prominent opposition activist who had also gone missing, was discovered after being taken to the woods and beaten severely by unknown attackers.Yanukovych signed the bill into law on Friday, but the opposition has rejected the offer, saying it amounts to Yanukovych taking demonstrators as hostages.
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