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 / Updated  / Source: Associated Press
A Ukrainian opposition activist said he was "crucified" and tortured by kidnappers who held him captive for more than a week, in the latest in a string of mysterious attacks on anti-government protesters in the two-month-long political crisis that police are investigating.
Dmytro Bulatov, 35, who is a member of Automaidan, a group of car owners that has taken part in the protests against President Viktor Yanukovych, went missing Jan. 22 and was discovered outside Kiev on Thursday.
Dmytro Bulatov, a leaders of the Ukrainian anti-government protests, aid he was "crucified" and tortured by mysterious kidnappers.Reuters TV
He said his kidnappers beat him severely, drove nails against his hands, sliced off a piece of ear and cut his face. He said he was kept in the dark the whole time and could not identify the kidnappers. After more than a week of beatings, they eventually dumped him in a forest. "They crucified me, they nailed down my hands. They cut off my ear, they cut my face. There isn't a spot on my body that hasn't been beaten," Bulatov said on Channel 5 television. "Thank God, I am alive." Bulatov's face and clothes were covered in clotted blood and his hands were swollen and bore the marks of nails.