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Mariupol human rights activist taken hostage

30.09.14

Oleksandr Kudinov, a well-known human rights activist disappeared in Donetsk on Sept 22 and is assumed to have been taken prisoner by Kremlin-backed militants. The Mariupol website 062 reports that contact with him was lost while he was travelling to the city Novy Svet.  That evening his wife Iryna received a text message from an unknown phone saying that he had been taken prisoner.

Oleksandr Kudinov is 47 and a former police officer.  According to Viktor Maistrenko, Kudinov has been active recently in helping to secure the release of people imprisoned by the militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic.

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)