On 12 January Piotr Shevchuk, the chairman of the Supreme Court Collegium in civil questions, protested against the verdict of Pecherskiy district court of 6 October 1998 on the closure of the newspaper ‘Politika. This is the second protest of Piotr Shevchuk: recently he has protested against the verdict which made the newspaper ‘Kievskiye vedomosti to pay the libel fine to Yuri Kravchenko, the Minister of Interior, because of the unreasonably large compensation.
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On January 26, in the staircase of his apartment building, Sergei Gorogeankin, director of the television network TV 7 in Mariupol, was attacked by a man wielding a baseball bat. Gorogeankin underwent surgery, and his condition is described as "worrisome."
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On February 28, a program critical of the government, aired by the independent television station Vikna, was suspended after the authorities maneuvered a personnel change in the stations management.
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On March 1, a fire of suspicious origin erupted in the apartment of Mykola Kniazhytskyi, President of the independent television station STB, well known for its investigative reports on corruption and misappropriation of government funds. A few days earlier, STB cameraman Sergei Korenev was attacked in a railway station, and his camera and tapes were taken away.
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On March 3, two masked persons permeated into the home of Dmytro Dakhno, STBs business manager, and threatened him and his pregnant wife with a knife, then forced the couple to lie on the floor while they searched the apartment. They left without taking any of the money that happened to be on the table.