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Case over death threats to Iryna Zemlyana: closed by the police, reopened by the court

14.08.2023, 17:00
Photo credit: Courtesy of Iryna Zempyana
Photo credit: Courtesy of Iryna Zempyana

The Shevchenkiv District Police Department in Kyiv closed the criminal case over death and doxxing threats to the IMI expert Iryna Zemlyana. However, the court ordered to resume the investigation.

Iryna was informed of this by her lawyers.

According to Zemlyana, the case was allegedly closed due to lack of sufficient evidence of the defendant's guilt and the means of obtaining them having been exhausted.

However, the Ukrainian court canceled the investigator's decision to close the case and ordered to resume the pre-trial investigation, the expert noted.

We remind you that the police opened the case last year at Zemlyana's request after the incident with the Russian ambassador Sergey Andreev in Warsaw (Poland). A group of protesters doused the ambassador with a red liquid as he was trying to lay flowers at the Mausoleum of Soviet Soldiers on May 9, 2022. Many protesters had red paint stains on their clothes to symbolize blood. They chanted such slogans as "fascists", "ruscists" and "murderers". Iryna Zemlyana, who participated in the campaign, was forced to leave Warsaw due to death threats. According to her, hours after the incident, all her data, including her passport number, phone number, her Ukrainian address, email, and all social media accounts were leaked on Russian Telegram channels with a call to "exterminate" her. Zemlyana was added to the Russian "war criminals" database.

Zemlyana also said that a case against her is still open in Russia over the alleged assault on the Russian ambassador. Iryna notes that she did not assault anyone.

At the same time, she added that the investigation into the death threats she received from Russians is still ongoing in Poland.

Interpol has not yet decided whether to declare her an international wanted person at Russia's request or not.

As IMI reported, in June 2023 it came to be known that Polish prosecutors froze the investigation into the Russian ambassador in Warsaw, Sergey Andreev, being doused with paint on May 9, 2022.

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