Arrests made over attack on Mykolaiv journalist


The police have detained two men suspected of carrying out the attack on Mykolaiv journalist, Oleksandr Vlashchenko in which the journalist was shot in the head.

The two men arrested are aged 19 and 23 and according to the police report, bought a gun in order to carry out an armed attack. 

The report on the Ministry of Internal Affairs website asserts that the police considered various motives for the crime, including an attack connected with Oleksandr’s professional activities, but that the motive “turned out to be personal gain”. 

It is not clear why the police are willing to state that the two men are the assailants and what evidence was removed.

As reported, Oleksandr Vashchenko from the city newspaper “Nashe Misto Mykolaiv” and the Internet publication was attacked late in the evening of 16 October as he returned home on foot. The assailants shat at the journalist, wounding Oleksandr in the head.  His bag was taken, containing a work camera and two mobile phones. 

There was considerable publicity including from international NGOs with the International Press Institute and Reporters without Borders both issuing statements of concern and, together with media organizations in Ukraine, demanding a full investigation. 

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