Journalist in Kherson claimed of beating
The Kherson police is probing into the fact of beating of a local editor in chief, as it was reported on the website of the National Police of Kherson region.
On 1st of February, someone called the police and said he was beaten by someone he knew. The head of the police unit Dmytro Shulgin said the claimant met his longtime acquaintance on the street and as they spoke, a quarrel ensued, which led to a scuffle. As a result, the victim was hit in the face.
As the IMI correspondent in Kherson region told, the victim was Hennadiy Shelestenko, editor in chief of “Khesronsky Visnyk” who had an altercation with a photographer Victor Bratan. Hennadiy Shelestenko related that incident with his professional activity.
At the police station they said, the officer immediately called an ambulance, which delivered the claimant to hospital for examination.
The police identify the eye-witnesses and all the circumstances surrounding the incident. After verification, the investigators are to qualify the incident.
“I was attacked by an aid of elected memeber Oleg Romanyuk Viktor Bratan. Recently, I came out with a story on demolition of an illegal building of the deputy and I consider this attack related to this publication, ” he told a representative of IMI.
The journalist is currently in hospital.
According to Victor Bratan, the conflict has happened, but this incident had nothing to do with journalistic activity and is a purely personal conflict on the basis of personal image.
According to a representative of IMI, Viktor Bratan is not on the list of assistants of Kherson city council deputy Oleg Romanyuk.
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