The SBU, Ukraine’s Security Service detained Ihor Guzhva, the editor-in-chief of Strana.ua, Ukraine-based internet outlet. According to his deputy Svitlana Kryukova, the special service agents searched the outlet’s office on June 22, took him in and brought him to the Main Department of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry. She added the law enforcers are going to search his apartment, too.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko explained that Guzhva is charged with extortion and bribery, as he was caught in flagranti while getting his hand on almost USD 38,500. Lutsenko said that there is photo and video evidence of Guzhva getting the bribe – as a reward for not publishing a story about an active Ukrainian politician whose name remains unrevealed.
Kryukova and Guzhva’s lawyers maintain his detention, the charges and the respective case are trumped-up.