Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
In Chernovtsi representatives of nationalist movements came to the workplace of the 32-year-old IDP from Donbass Evgeny Semekhin and demanded that he leaves the city and goes back to Makeevka [a town in the Donetsk region – ed]. The reason for this was his support on social networks for the Russian football team.
The radicals, headed by the director of the local “TVA” TV channel Vadim Pelekh, came to the workplace of the IDP and handed over a cover letter to him, according to which volunteers will take Semekhin back to the Donetsk region at their own expense, after which there was a strong exchange of words. Earlier, representatives of the local authorities also demanded that Semekhin leave Chernovtsi.
A discussion erupted in the comments beneath the video, some of participants openly called to punish IDPs from Donbass.
The human rights platform “Uspishna Varta“ reminds that according to Article 34 of the Constitution of Ukraine every citizen has the right to freely express their opinion. We urge the local authorities to stop this policy of discrimination in relation to certain groups of Ukrainian citizens.
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