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In Kharkiv, cafe denied for journalists access to room they booked to meet IDPs

16.07.2015, 00:02

On July 14 in Kharkiv, the administration of the café "Nove Misto" did not give the journalists of "Radio Svoboda" and "Hromadske TV of Donbas" access to the room they booked in the café to meet with their audience, internally displaced people from Donbas. The room was booked a week before the event, yet the administration did not want the event "dedicated to problematic political issues - war, Donbas, volunteer movement" to be held in their café, although as Oleksiy Matsuka, one of the journalist, said, it was supposed to be just a journalists’ conversation with IDPs about their life after they left their home. The café administration claims that their lessor, the trading and entertainment center "French Boulevard", threatened to close down the café if they allow the event to be held there. "French Boulevard" is owned by Ihor Sbitniev and Robert Mkrtchan - the latter is known as a former member of the political party SDPU(o) led by pro-Russian Viktor Medvedchuk.

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