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Crimean journalist Iryna Danilovych says she was beaten and pressured by the FSB

28.07.2022, 14:59

Crimean citizen journalist and human rights activist Iryna Danilovych, who has been illegally imprisoned since April 29, 2022, said that officers of the Federal Security Service of the russian federation (FSB) continue to pressure her. This is stated in the letter passed over by Danilovych from the pre-trial detention center, the text of which is available to ZMINA.

"I, Danilovych I. B., want to declare that the aggressive and illegal actions of the Simferopol FSB officers have not stopped yet!" she wrote.

Namely, the journalist said that on July 5, 2022, during her transfer to the occupiers' "Kyiv District Court" in Simferopol, she was beaten by the FSB convoy.

Later, on July 22, 2022, during the transfer of her and five other people from the Service's department to the Simferopol pre-trial detention center, the FSB escort, in the presence of many witnesses, noted with particular aggression that "not enough explosives were planted" on her during the detention. According to him, if he had been the one to arrest Danilovych, he "would have thrown in more" and would have added "a kilogram of drugs on top," writes the journalist.

As IMI reported, on April 29 in the occupied Crimea, russian security forces detained citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych. She was detained on her way from work on the road from Koktebel to Feodosia. Her house in Vladislavivka village was searched, her phone and laptop were seized.

Several public human rights organizations have demanded the release of citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych, who had been abducted in Crimea.

Iryna Danilovych worked as a nurse, and was also a citizen journalist, covering the problems of the health care system in Crimea and sharing information about the war in Ukraine. Before the war, Danilovych cooperated with several media and human rights initiatives (InZhyr-Media, Crimean Trial) and ran her own project, Crimean Medicine Unwrapped, speaking about the rights of health professionals. Danilovych also took an active part in the trade union movement and headed the Crimean branch of the Alliance of Doctors. Hence, Danilovych was subjected to administrative pressure and was fired from the substance misuse department of the Feodosia Medical Association. She was threatened with a lawsuit because of her trade union activities.

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