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Editor of "Strana.ua" Huzhva detained. He is suspected of extortion – Lutsenko

23.06.2017, 10:25

On June 22, in Kyiv, law enforcement officers detained the editor-in- chief of the media outlet “Strana.ua” Ihor Huzhva, who is suspected of extortion of 10 thousand dollars for not publishing materials about an active politician that could damage his reputation. Before this, the Security Service of Ukraine conducted a search in the editorial office.

The Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko was the one who informed about the arrest, Radio Liberty reports.

“Based on the materials of the State Financial and the Prosecutor's Office of Kyiv city, Huzhva was detained – he blackmailed an active politician and received 10 thousand dollars for not publishing materials damaging the politician's reputation”, Lutsenko wrote in the evening of June 22 on Facebook.

At that, the Prosecutor General mentioned that the investigators have recorded video and audio evidence.

Before, Ihor Huzhva and his deputy Svitlana Kriukova were reporting that the Security Service of Ukraine conducts a search in the office of “Strana.ua”.

Ihor Huzhva in his comment for “Ukrainian news” claimed that the office was taken "by storm" by the people who introduced themselves as National Police officers, and the office door was broken. They had a court order for search in the case of alleged extortion of money from MP Dmytro Linko from the Radical Party faction. “A couple of months ago, people from Linko did come to us. They offered 20 thousand dollars for removing one of our published materials. We refused. Since then, they try to make a criminal case against us”, he said, “Detector media” reports.

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