Searches at Kseniya Babych: Russia may have plan to threaten journalists

Source : 112 Ukraine

"This is not the first journalist who was persecuted in Russia, we remember Sushchenko", reminds the lawyer
16:40, 21 October 2016

Twitter Nikolai Polozov

Lawyer Nikolai Polozov sees the searches at the journalist, a freelance correspondent of 112 Ukraine TV Channel Kseniya Babych as an element of intimidation of journalists. He said this in the air at 112 Ukraine.

"Of course, this is the part of the political struggle for the minds of the Russians, and, in my opinion, it has something to do with the Right Sector, which Russia denied officially on a par with Parliament. I do not exclude that the Russian security services know that she is a freelance correspondent of 112 Ukraine TV channel. I see a here an element of intimidation of journalists. This is not the first journalist who was persecuted in Russia; we remember the story of Sushchenko. I hope Kseniya will remain in the status of the witness, and it will not change to the suspect or the accused. The Russian government does not leave the chance to try to get into the minds of the Russians to show the whole picture", Polozov said.

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According to the lawyer, Kseniya Babych can be interrogated for a few hours, because everything depends on the range of issues.

Polozov also did not rule out that the information on seized gadgets may result in a change in the status of Kseniya Babych.

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

Related: Searches at Kseniya Babych: No media freedom in Russia for long time already, - Gerashchenko

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.

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.

Related: Searches at Kseniya Babych: it is dangerous for Ukrainian journalists to stay in Moscow, - Feygin

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