Ukrainian Nazis Attacked the Journalist Vasily Muravitsky Outside the Zhytomyr Court

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

16:25:03
06/08/2018

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The journalist Vasily Muravitsky, who is accused in Ukraine of high treason for his publications in the media, was doused with Zelenka after leaving the court in Zhytomyr, reported his lawyer Andrey Domansky to RIA Novosti.

“Zelenka was poured on Muravitsky. And now behold the articles on the front pages of the world media…”

On Monday, August 6th, the Korolevsky district court of Zhytomyr left Muravitsky under house arrest, having rejected the claim of the prosecutor’s office.

“After leaving the court Zelenka was poured on Muravitsky, now he is giving evidence at the police station,” said Domansky, having added that the attacker escaped from the scene.

He also noted that during the court session nationalists shouted out threats in the journalist’s direction.

Nazis from “C14” try to intimidate Muravitsky inside the court room, August 6

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained Muravitsky in Zhytomyr on August 1st, 2017. He is suspected of treason, infringing on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, violating the equality of citizens, and creating a terrorist organisation. According to the SBU, his articles were published on “websites that were administered from the Russian Federation and the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine”. The prosecutor’s office reported that the journalist may face up to 15 years of imprisonment with the confiscation of property. At the end of June the Zhytomyr court released Muravitsky under house arrest until August 25th.

Ukrainian nazis from “C14” confront Muravitsky outside the court room

The Russian Foreign Ministry called Muravitsky’s detention another episode in the campaign to forcefully suppress the oppositional media in Ukraine, and called on the countries of the OSCE and the Council of Europe, as well as international organisations to condemn the policy of Kiev against the media.

Muravitsky (left) and a “C14” nazi (right) outside the court room after the attack

The international organization Amnesty International considers Muravitsky as a prisoner of conscience and urges to immediately release him. The organisation notes that all charges brought to the journalist stem from his work with Russian-speaking online resources. The editor-in-chief of the “Ukraina.ru” website that Muravitsky also wrote for, Iskander Hisamov, said that the persecution of the journalist is political repression. The secretary of the Union of Journalists of Russia and member of the executive committee of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Timur Shafir considers such charges as new proof that the authorities of Ukraine try to exclude other points of view from the information space.

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The video filmed by “C14” nazis outside the court room

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