Ukrainian journalist Roman Tsymbalyuk, detained yesterday in in Moscow, told the details of his detention in his interview to 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“Everything is all right. At least, as for this moment. We went to Moscow State University with an editorial assignment to shoot an interview with the Ph.D. student Zakhar (Zakhar Sarapulov, - ed.). This is the braveheart who hang the Ukrainian flag on the window of the Moscow State University on March 18. He tried to protest against bad living conditions in the dormitory in such an interesting way. We found him and shot a very interesting interview… But when I asked him to show us the flag he hang, policeman came up to us, checked our documents, told us that we were having an unsanctioned meeting there or shout out some slogans. The accreditation from the Foreign Ministry wasn’t enough, then an investigator arrived and put many questions on what we were doing,” said Tsymbalyuk.
“At the end we were taken to the police department. They never explained us the reason, but they told us that they need to analyze our materials, which can’t be done at the site, and they took us to the police station. We spent three hours there. After all formal procedures, we were released. Including Zakhar, our character. We are working now,” he added.
According to the journalist, Russian law enforcers didn’t use force against them.
“Everything is all right, they had not laid a finger on us,” noted Tsymbalyuk.
As we reported earlier, Ukrainian journalist and correspondent of UNIAN Roman Tsymbalyuk, was detained in Moscow.
Couple hours later Moscow police released the detained journalist, Mykyta Borodin, 1+1 TV channel camera man, and Zakhar Sarapulov. That was also confirmed by Mariana Betsa, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry press-officer.