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Journalist Oleksandr Bilokobylsky released

29.09.14

Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic have released Oleksandr Bilokobylsky, a Luhansk journalist held prisoner for two weeks.

His wife Ksenya Tretyakova told Telekritika that Bilokobylksy has phoned her on Sept 26, in the morning, and said that he’d been freed.  

The militants knew that he was a journalist and were able to look through his material and his contacts on his laptop.  He himself was used for manual labour, loading sandbags. 

As reported, Oleksandr Bilokobylsky was abducted on Sept 13 after he set off from Kharkiv to take food and medicine – both for his sister who has asthma and for a friend whose child has epilepsy.

The 32-year-old journalist has written for a number of local newspapers as well as for Obozrevatel and the Russian RIA Novosti.  He has recently been living in Kharkiv with his wife and 10-month old son.

There is no news about the whereabouts of Serhiy Saladynsky, head of the Luhansk Eastern Ukraine Centre and chief editor of an Internet publication Politika 2.0, since July 28 who is also believed to be in the hands of the LPR. 

see also:
Dmytro Potekhin released
Concern for civic activist and journalist seized by Luhansk militants
Journalist missing in Luhansk
Five journalists not on the list of Kremlin-backed militants’ hostages
Journalist covering siege of Ilovaisk taken prisoner
Abducted street artist released briefly, then imprisoned again
Journalist Dmytro Potekhin seized by militants
Kremlin-backed militants seize parents of a local journalist
Kremlin-backed militants’ resort to wholesale and merciless hostage-taking
Driver abducted while trying to evacuate an invalid
Horlivka Evacuation Coordinator abducted by Kremlin-backed militants (updated)