Editor-in-Chief of Strana.ua internet agency, Ihor Guzhva, was handed notice of suspicion in terms of extortion case. This was reported by Nadiya Maksymets, the speaker of Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office, on her Facebook page.
"Chief Editor of "Strana" internet agency was handed notice of suspicion under part 3, article 189 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine," she wrote.
Maksymets also announced that law enforcement officers are going to ask court to choose restrictive measure for the suspect on Saturday, June 24.
Guzhva informed that he has already familiarized himself with the suspicion. "This is complete nonsense and lies. Surprising document — not a word of truth," he wrote on the Facebook page of his lawyer, former Minister of Justice of Ukraine, Olena Lukash.
According to him, the document starts from the moment where he was allegedly threatening people’s deputy from the Radical party, Dmytro Linko, with publication of compromising materials.
"I can say once again that I never spoke with Linko in my life. The only time when this surname popped up was proposal of Anton Philipovsky in May, 2017 to withdraw an article about him for $20,000. I refused from this offer. That is it," he noted.
As it was reported, Strana.ua internet agency was searched on the evening of June 22. As it was specified by deputy editor-in-chief, the entire business center building was cordoned off by Ukraine’s Security Service (SSU).
Ihor Guzhva, the editor-in-chief of Strana.ua, links searches in the editorial staff with critical publications related to the deputy of Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Linko (Radical Party). According to him, the criminal case against the agency was falsified. Guzhva was later detained and taken to the capital’s main police department, he is now in detention facility. Prosecution will be asking court to choose restrictive measure for the suspect in the form of arrest with bail right.
It is noteworthy that Linko confirmed the fact of extortion by Guzhva.