In Mykolayiv, Parliamentary candidate filed complaint to police against media outlets for article about her bribery of voters
In Mykolayiv, Nadia Ivanova, a Parliamentary candidate in the electoral district 129, first threatened the online media outlets «Prestupnosti.NET» and «NikVesti» with a lawsuit, ended up filing a complaint with the police for articles about her bribing voters with food packages.
On October 1, the civil network ‘Opora’ registered on the central city square near the theatre the fact of bribery of pensioners and war veterans with food packages, which also contained Ivanova’s promotional leaflet. The online media outlets published this information with the regerence to ‘Opora’. On October 9, on air of Mykolayiv oblast TV and Radio Company Ivanova said she would sue these websites for the damage they did to her reputation by slandering her honest name. She insisted she had been giving away food packages for many years as her personal tradition and she had no idea how the leaflet got into the packages. Ivanova filed no lawsuit, but on October 22, two police officers came to the editorial office of «Prestupnosti.NET» and informed that Ivanova filed a complaint with them, and demanded explanations. The media outlet’s editor-in-chief Anatoly Chubachenko provided the explanation that the editorial office received the information by email from the civil network ‘Opora’, what was specified in the text of the news. The police officers failed to tell the journalists what exactly Ivanova said in her complaint.