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Opposition journalist has been arrested in Ukraine

On August 2 Ukrainian state security arrested an opposition journalist. The journalist and blogger  Vasily Muravitsky is 32 years old, lives in Zhitomir a city not far from the capital of Ukraine. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of Novaya Volna (New Wave newspaper) – a nationwide weekly of young communist league. After the passage of anti-communization laws, Muravitsky became a reporter for Russian media outlets.

The journalist opposed right-wing coup d’etate in Ukraine from its beginning. Now he is accused by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) of anti-governmental activity. According to press reports, he faces 15 years in prison.

Human right defenders noted SBU announced 36 bloggers had been arrested for opposition activity on June 2017. Muravitsky got a number 37, it is symbolic number addressing to the memory of Stalin’s repressions in 1930’s.

Muravitsky friends told media he was arrested just after his son was born.

Next day SBU reported about one more arrest. Its new victim is a blogger from Kiev. His name was not announced.

 

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