Ukrainian law enforcers seized the editorial office of the opposition media

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The National police of Ukraine and the chief military Prosecutor General Prosecutor’s office in the morning blocked the building of the Ukrainian media holding “Vesti” and began a search there. This was reported on the website of the newspaper “Vesti” on Thursday, February 8. In addition, the holding includes radio, “Radio News” and online resource UBR.ua.

Chief editor of “News Media” Oksana Omelchenko, wrote in his Facebook that security forces had appeared in the edition about 06:00 (07:00 GMT). “Colleagues from the radio, that sounds like it’s started to destroy everything. The security forces have not allowed journalists to work, who now have to go to the air,” she said.

Later on the website of the National Agency for the identification, investigation and management of assets derived from corruption and other crimes in Ukraine (ARMA) there was a statement which referred to the participation of the Department in the seizure of the building of the editorial office of “Vesti”. “Despite the resistance of unidentified persons, on the 31st, 32nd and 33rd floors of the shopping and office center “Gulliver” (…) was actually transferred to the office of the National Agency,” — said in a statement.

“Now the National Agency is actually conveyed these premises to the management of the company to the Manager in accordance with the concluded contract property management,” added the security forces.

The impending dispersal of the editorial Board, the representatives of “Vesti” reported on 1 February. Holding employees linked the attack on their offices with the publication of investigations of state institutions under the title “What hides ARMA: as the national Agency became raiders.” Previously, the object of journalistic investigation was the leadership of the Main military Prosecutor’s office.

On 31 January, Ukraine had left the chief editor of the Internet newspaper “Strenia” Igor Guzhva, who requested political asylum in Austria. In respect of Guzhva in Ukraine five criminal cases are brought. According to him, the Ukrainian judges was “redirected” indication to make him convicted. He also repeatedly threatened with physical violence.

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