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Ukrainian journalist sentenced for opposing Russia's occupation needs medical treatment

Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s Ombudsman, and the National Union of Journalists have asked the OSCE on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir to provide assistance in this issue
17:54, 10 September 2018

Human Rights in Ukraine

A 68-years-old Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena, who received two and a half year suspended sentence, for an article, which opposes Russia’s occupation of Crimea, is unable to receive needed medical treatment for heart and spinal issues in Kyiv without special permission, as Human Rights in Ukraine reports.

“The renowned journalist cannot receive the level of treatment he requires in Crimea, and has a formal invitation inviting him to receive hospital care at the Romadanov Institute of Neurosurgery in Kyiv.  Semena’s difficulties in Crimea are further exacerbated by the fact that he has been banned from working as a journalist,” the message says.

Related: Crimean court lightens sentence to journalist Mykola Semena

Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s Ombudsman, and the National Union of Journalists have asked the OSCE on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir to provide assistance in this issue.

As it was reported earlier the Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena is accused of extremism for allegedly undermining the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation in the annexed Crimea. 

The United States called on Russia to cancel the verdict for a Ukrainian journalist, Mykola Semena convicted in Crimea. The State Department also reiterated its position that "Crimea remains an integral part of Ukraine, and the United States remains steadfast in its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine."

Related: U.S. calls on Russia to cancel verdict for Ukrainian journalist Semena

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