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Citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych arrested in Crimea – ZMINA

02.05.2022, 11:49
Photo credit: ZMINA
Photo credit: ZMINA

In the occupied Crimea, russian security services arrested citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych. This was reported by ZMINA, citing its own sources.

She was detained on April 29 on the way from Koktebel to Feodosia, as Iryna was going home from work. The journalist's house in Vladislavivka village near Feodosia was searched, her phone and laptop were confiscated.

The security services did not leave a copy of the ruling, but, according to Danylovych's relatives, the document referred to "ties with a foreign state and 10 days of arrest."

Iryna Danylovych worked as a nurse and ran a social media page, as well as several blogger columns on various websites dedicated to the rights of healthcare workers and the healthcare issues on the peninsula.

Before the start of the full-scale russian offensive, 13 journalists were imprisoned in the occupied Crimea. These are Crimean Tatar citizen journalists Osman Arifmemetov, Marlen (Suleiman) Asanov, Asan Akhtemov, Remzi Bekirov, Timur Ibragimov, Server Mustafayev, Seyran Saliyev, Amet Suleimanov, Ruslan Suleimanov and Rustem Sheikhaliyev, as well as journalists Oleksiy Bessarabov, Vladyslav Yesypenko, and Nariman Jelyal, Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar People's Majlis, formerly a journalist.

As IMI reported, on March 10, 2021, Russian FSB officers detained Radio Liberty freelancer Vladyslav Yesypenko in the occupied Crimea. He had taken part in a demonstration dedicated to Taras Shevchenko's birth anniversary, which took place in Simferopol on March 9. He was charged under Articles 223-1 (illegal manufacture of explosives, processing or repair of explosive devices) and 222.1 (illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of weapons, their main parts, ammunition) of the Criminal Code of russia.

On February 16, 2022, the russian-controlled Simferopol District Court sentenced Vladislav Yesipenko to up to six years in a penal colony.

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