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One of the people in the journalist programme “Lukyanivka. Prison No. 1 beaten up

30.05.2012 |

Kostyantin Usov, TVi journalist and producer of the programme “Lukyanivka. Prison No. 1” has posted a blog on Ukrainska Pravda in which he offers a 15 thousand UAH reward for information about the people who attacked one of the people in his film. As reported, the film which caused a furore when it first appeared on TV (and the Internet) gives a highly unflattering view of the Lukyanivsk SIZO [Detention centre] in Kyiv.  Usov shows the conditions of the SIZO in which Yulia Tymoshenko was held until the end of last year, and in which Yury Lutsenko is presently imprisoned. Their conditions however are unlikely to have been similar to the filth and squalor in Usov’s programme. The journalist also reveals how inmates can only improve their conditions through payment of bribes – from 400 UAH to have a mobile telephone brought in to 300 USD for a prostitute.  For a much bigger amount, they can be moved to better conditions.

Usov writes in his blog that on 9 May, around 18.00, one of the people he showed in the film, Maxim Poduholnikov, was set upon at a railway station in the Kyiv region by 5 men. Two stood guard while three beat him up brutally.

Maxim asked what they were doing it for, and the assailants asked what he and Usov had done.

Usov writes that left in a pool of blood, Maxim Poduholnikov called the police.  The police who arrived – from a Berkut riot police unit who happened to be the nearest patrol, did not even question witnesses.  Usov asserts that they took Maxim to the police station in Irpin where they proceeded to beat him, to force him to decide against reporting the crime.

“Almost a month has passed and those responsible have not been punished, and not even identified. So if it’s useless to rely on the police, we need to act alone.


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