Attack on Igor Danilenko, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Dankor” (Sumy)
A correspondent of FurUm informs that in the night of 24 September Igor Danilenko, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Dankor”, was attacked in Sumy. Social-business weekly “Dankor” is one of the most influential editions in Sumy.
About midnight two strangers pounced upon Danilenko in the doorway of his house. One of the attackers blocked the editor, and another sprinkled his face from a spray can with some oily liquid smelling with kerosene. After that the attackers escaped. Danilenko called to militia at once. The officers of the Zarechy district precinct compiled the protocol about the incident.
By the words of Igor Danilenko, the attackers were absolutely silent and made no attempts to rob him, although he had a briefcase in his hand. The editor is sure that the attack was not accidental. He insists that, one day before it, on 23 September, about 2 a.m., one of the attackers was waiting for him near the house. Yet, that time he avoided the assault, because he came home by taxi, and the criminal did not want to attack him in presence of witnesses.
Officers of the Zarechny militia precinct started the investigation of the attack on Igor Danilenko. Fortunately, the face and eyes of journalists were not injured seriously.
The editor-in-chief connects the attack with his professional activities, since recently “Dankor” has published a series of critical articles, which could be disliked by the personages of these materials.
(«Ukraina moloda», No. 177, 26 September 2003)