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NUJU admits journalists Vladyslav Yesypenko and Iryna Danylovych into their ranks

30.06.2023, 12:26
Photo: Krym.Realii
Photo: Krym.Realii

The Kyiv oblast branch of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, which temporarily includes the Crimean branch of the Union, has admitted the freelance reporter for RFE/RL's "Krym.Realii", Vladyslav Yesipenko, and Iryna Danylovych into their ranks.

"Krym.Realii" reports this, citing the organization's first secretary, Lina Kush.

The new members will be issued with press IDs from the NUJU and the International Federation of Journalists.

As IMI reported, Iryna Danylovych was detained on April 29 in the occupied Crimea. 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.

On December 28, 2022, the occupation court of Feodosia, Crimea ("judge" Natalia Kulinskaya), sentenced citizen journalist and human rights activist Iryna Danylovych to seven years in prison on the charges of illegal storage and manufacture of explosives under Part 1 of Art. 222.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

On June 29, 2023, it was reported that the Russian-backed Supreme Court of Crimea changed the ruling in the case Iryna Danylovych, who had been previously sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of storing an explosive device. According to the appellate instance, the term of imprisonment has been reduced by one month.

Vladyslav Yesypenko was detained on March 10, 2021. He took part in a demonstration dedicated to Taras Shevchenko's birth anniversary, which took place in Simferopol on March 9. Vladyslav Yesypenko was charged with gathering information "in the interests of Ukraine's special services," including the Foreign Intelligence Service, the russian FSB's Public Relations Center reported. According to the FSB, Yesypenko "had been performing photo and video recording of the area, welfare facilities, and places of mass gatherings of people in the Crimea."

On February 16, the Russian-controlled Simferopol District Court sentenced Krym.Realii freelancer Vladyslav Yesypenko to six years in penal colony for alleged illegal storage and transportation of an explosive device.

Speaking in court on February 15, Yesypenko said the case was politically motivated.

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