Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
On the morning of March 12th, employees of the SBU rushed into the apartment of the Kiev journalist Yury Lukashin. This was reported on social networks by Yury’s friends.
“There is a search at Lukashin’s place. The door was breached,” reported the Lukashin’s colleague the journalist Dmitry Skvortsov.
According to his friends, SBU employees rushed into the apartment before Yury Lukashin’s lawyer was yet to arrive.
Judging by the first page of his indictment, the search is carried out within the framework of criminal proceedings about “information aggression” against Ukraine by “unidentified representatives of the Russian Federation and the occupational authorities of Crimea”. The prosecutor’s office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is engaged in a legal investigation.
Yury Lukashin is a well-known Kiev journalist who worked for the newspaper “Delo”, “2000”, and other publications. He didn’t hide his oppositional [to the junta in Kiev – ed] views.
Yury’s friends also say that in recent months employees of the SBU repeatedly called Lukashin by telephone and suggested “to meet and talk”.
Later, on her page on Facebook, the press secretary of the SBU Elena Gitlyanskaya wrote that the SBU is carrying out more than 25 searches in different regions of Ukraine concerning persons who “promote the aggressor country by staging anti-Ukrainian events”. According to Gitlyanskaya, journalists are among the persons being searched.
The movie “Oles Buzina: a life beyond time”, the coauthor of which was Lukashin, was released in August, 2016. In April, 2017 the State Cinema of Ukraine banned the showing and dissemination of the movie.
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