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Action in memory of Georgy Gongadze held in Kyiv

16.09.2021, 16:04

A memorial event for Georgy Gongadze, on the 21st anniversary of the journalist's murder, took place in Illinskyi Square in Kyiv today, September 16, as Ukrinform reported.

Journalists and human rights activists came with photos of Gongadze.

"It is extremely important for the Ukrainian society and the international community to know with evidence who had ordered the murder of journalist Gongadze ... And this is part of the requirements of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, which was passed in 2005 and still remains unfulfilled. Unfulfilled because Ukraine did not make systemic changes, not only because it did not find or pointed at instigators, but also did not make systemic changes to enable the work of journalists being safe, "- said the representative of the Gongadze family, lawyer, human rights activist Valentyna Telichenko.


As IMI reported, on September 16, 2021, human rights and media NGOs appealed to the Ukrainian authorities to ensure a transparent investigation into the murders of journalists, to identify and name the customers.

Georgy Gongadze went missing on September 16, 2000, later his headless corpse was found in the woods near Kiev.

On January 29, 2013, the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv sentenced Oleksiy Pukach to life imprisonment for Gongadze's murder. At the same time, the instigators of this murder have not yet been identified. Pukach's defense appealed against the court's decision.

On January 6, 2016, the Kyiv Court of Appeals upheld the sentence of life imprisonment for Oleksiy Pukach, the former head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs' external monitoring department.

On February 6, 2016, Oleksiy Pukach 's defense appealed the verdict to the High Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases.

On October 12, 2016, Oleksiy Pukach's lawyers asked the Supreme Specialized Court to substitute his life sentence with 15 years in prison.

On July 2, 2021, the Supreme Court upheld the sentence of former police lieutenant general Oleksiy Pukach, who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze.

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