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Searches at Kseniya Babych: Investigators believe first interrogation is most important
18:17, 21 October 2016
Searches at Kseniya Babych: Investigators believe first interrogation is most important

"They try to pull words that will be the main argument against her. They succeed if there is no lawyer during interrogation", said Novikov

18:17, 21 October 2016

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Lawyer Ilya Novikov commented on searches and the interrogation of the journalist, a freelance correspondent of 112 Ukraine TV Channel Kseniya Babych.

"According to media reports, the case is similar to the ones that appeared in 2014, like repressions of Crimean Tatars. There were dozens of cases with a view to please their superiors, and there were stories about Yarosh business card and the Right Sector. As soon as such case appeared, it meant that you can please the boss. Kseniya may have got into similar situation," said the lawyer.

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"The investigators believe that the first interrogation is the most important. They try to pull words that will be the main argument against her. They succeed if there is no lawyer during interrogation”, said Novikov.

As we reported earlier today, Moscow law enforcers conducted searches in the flat of the press-secretary of Justice Initiative Kseniya Babych.

The interrogation ended. Kseniya left Investigation Commission after five hours in the building. Kseniya is staying in her status of the witness in the case of the Right Sector.

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Kseniya Babych is a 30-year-old Crimean, citizen of Russian Federation. She moved to Moscow after graduating school and graduated the MSU Faculty of Journalism. She worked in Moscow media, particularly in Snob, covering mainly culture. Everything changed in winter 2014. She lost her job because of her support for Maidan and Ukraine. She has been cooperating with 112 Ukraine TV channel 2015, covering the events related to Ukraine and the Ukrainians. She also covered the anti-war protests in Moscow and rallies against Russian aggression. Kseniya Babych now holds the position of PR-manager in the Russian Justice Initiative Fund, dealing with human rights violations in Russian Caucasus.

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As it was reported earlier, previously on September 30, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation initiated a criminal case against a number of Right Sector leaders and activists, namely, against, Dmytro Yarosh and Andriy Tarasenko, and its directors Andriy Stempitsky, Valeriya Voronova and others. They are accused of extremism.

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