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Guzhva asked Austria for political asylum

Source : 112 Ukraine

Guzhva received a document on a legal stay in Austria
22:00, 31 January 2018

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Chief editor of Strana.ua Igor Guzhva has addressed Austrian authorities with a plea for political asylum, as lawyer Andriy Portnov wrote on Facebook.

“He (Igor Guzhva) has come to Vienna legally and asked Austrian authorities for political asylum. We gathered the necessary documents that prove the politically motivated selective justice as to Igor, fabrication of his criminal cases and coordinated work of law enforcers headed by President Poroshenko. The Austrian authorities have immediately given him the document stating his legal stay in Ukraine after the appeal for defence and started reviewing the materials,” he wrote.

This year, SBU held the searches at the editor's office of Strana.ua and the flats of two journalists of this edition. Chief editor of Strana.ua Igor Guzhva connected this with the critical articles towards MP of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Linko (Radical Party). According to him, the criminal case against the edition was fabricated. Later Guzhva was detained and transferred to the Main Department of the National Police of Kyiv. He was sentenced to the detention in the custody with the possibility of the bailment in the sum of 21.2 thousand of dollars. He emerged from the Lukyanisvska Prison on June 27 and claimed that two more investigations are prepared against him.

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