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Vicious attack on Road Control journalist

19.12.13

Svitlana Malytska, journalist and photographer for traffic police watchdog Road Control was brutally assaulted in the lift to her flat on the evening of Dec 16 less than 2 weeks after two colleagues were remanded in custody on highly questionable charges.  Two men appear to have been lying in wait and got into the lift with her.  She reports that one of them, who looked around 30, immediately began trying to suffocate her, and inflicted blows to her body, while the other, around 50, just watched.

Both the foul language that the assailant used (roughly “Road whore”), and his threats were clearly linked with her work for Road Control.   

The assailants were thankfully scared off by other residents and the police and an ambulance were called.

Malytska’s work has enabled Road Control to win over ten court cases against the Kyiv prosecutor’s office, and regional prosecutors.

This attack comes only a week or so after Road Control journalist Andriy Dzyndzya was remanded in custody for 2 months on very questionable charges

See: Road Control journalist becomes latest "Bankova Prisoner"

This was then followed by the arrest of Viktor Smaliy, the Road Control journalist representing Dzyndzya  (details here: Panas, Dzyndzya, Smaliy: Message Received. What now?

In November Road Control journalist Andriy Zhukovyen was granted political asylum in the United States.  The founder of Road Control, Rostyslav Shaposhnikov is currently in Poland.  He told Radio Svoboda that he had left Ukraine to avoid being arrested

see also:
Zaporizhya EuroMaidan activist summoned to SBU over Facebook postings
Witch hunt over pro-EU protests
Kalush: criminal investigation over the burning of Yanukovych portrait
No prosecution possible for "denigrating" Yanukovych’s portrait
House arrest for protest involving Yanukovych portraits
Volodymyr Kadura, Another Unlikely Rabble-rouser (updated)
Panas, Dzyndzya, Smaliy: Message Received. What now?
Bankova Prisoners release from custody - welcome but insufficient (updated)
The Real Roundtable Agenda
Repression gaining pace
Road Control journalist becomes latest "Bankova Prisoner"
Road Control journalist detained
Ukrainian Road Control journalist granted asylum in US
Road Control journalist on worrying criminal charge
Road Control investigative journalists brutally beaten
Parliament Committee calls for police guard of Road Control journalist