112 Ukraine TV channel is concerned with the situation with the searches at 112 Ukraine TV channel stringer Kseniya Babych and follows the goings-on carefully.
The officers of Investigation Committee came to the apartment of Kseniya Babych to conduct a search and seized a computer, a cell phone and other gear was seized in her apartment. Mass media see the connection with the case against the Right Sector, banned in Russia, but we do not rule out the connection with journalistic activity of Kseniya Babych, who had been working as a string journalist for 112 Ukraine TV channel since 2015.
In the light of previous precedents of prosecuting Ukrainian journalists on the territory of the Russian Federation in more recent times, namely the case with Roman Sushchenko and Mykola Semena, 112 Ukraine TV channel is deeply concerned with the situation around their string journalist. There is no official information from the Russian side at the moment, and the possibility to contact her is not available either.
112 Ukraine TV channel launches an appeal to the international journalistic and human rights communities, diplomatic institutions of Ukraine and other states to keep a sharp lookout for situation with Kseniya Baych and commit to the adherence to the journalists’ and human rights in order to prevent illegal actions against the reporter, who has been covering the events in Russian for the Ukrainian TV channel fairly and impartially.
The TV channel is putting all efforts to protect her in Russia with all legal and public means available
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.