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08.04.2004

Attacks at journalists in Donetsk (Eduard Malinovskiy, Sergiy Kuzin, Vasyl Vasiutin)

   

Three journalists were attacked in Donetsk during three days.

At night of 12 August, in the downtown of Donetsk, five strangers attacked Eduard Malinovskiy, a correspondent of the Internet-edition “Ostrov”. The offenders did not take journalist’s bag, documents and credit card.

In the early hours of the morning of 14 August Sergiy Kuzin, a journalist of the oblast newspaper “Aktsent”, was beaten and robbed. The criminals attacked him from behind, hit him with a club for several times and took away his cell phone and brief case with passport and service documents.

The third victim, Vasil Vasiutin, a deputy of the editor-in-chief of the magazine “Zolotoy Skif”, was attacked in a street. The criminals cruelly beat him, took away his cell phone and escaped. The journalist was transported to the oblast hospital with the cerebral brain concussion.

In the connection with the repeated attacks on journalists the General Prosecutor’s office took these cases under its special control. Aleksandr Medvedko, a deputy of the General Prosecutor, made this information public at a briefing. 170 criminal cases connected with robbing, hooliganism, road accidents and thefts directed against journalists and journalists’ collectives were instituted during 2002 and 2003. More than 60 of these cases have been already passed to courts.

(«Kievskie vedomosti», 16 August 2003)

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