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Photo exhibition about russia's media crimes opens in Boyarka, Maks Levin's home city

07.07.2022, 21:22
Photo: Kolyan Pastyko / hromadske
Photo: Kolyan Pastyko / hromadske

On July 7 in Boyarka, the home city of the deceased photojournalist Maks Levin, photo exhibition The War Is Not Over Yet about russia's media crimes in Ukraine has opened, Hromadske reports.

A row of stands present the stories of Ukrainian journalists who have suffered due to the russian occupiers' actions. Namely, there are the stories of Maks Levin's death, the imprisonment of Victoria Roshchyna, and the kidnapping of Oleh Baturin.

The organizers call the exhibition a show of solidarity with Ukrainian media workers – the men and women who fight for the truth, risking their own lives. "Some drop their professional activities and join the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Some are actively fighting on the information front, recording the course of the war and telling the truth about it to the world. Thanks to Ukrainian journalists, photographers, camerapeople and fixers, the international community learns the news from the frontline and sees evidence of russian war crimes," the organizers say.

The photo exhibition will be open in Boyarka until July 28.

For the exhibition's opening, the organizers symbolically chose the date of Maks Levin's birthday – he would have turned 41 on July 7, but the photojournalist died in March of this year in Kyiv region. According to RSF's own investigation, Maks Levin could have been executed by the russian military.

Photos by Kolyan Pastyko / hromadske


As IMI reported, photojournalist Maksym Levin had gone missing on the frontline in Vyshgorod district near Kyiv, where he had been carrying out his professional duties covering the war. He had last been in touch on March 13. On that day, he had driven his own car to take pictures of the fighting. He had left the car near Huta Mezhyhirska village and walked towards Moshchun village. A message had been sent from his phone at 11:23; after that he had not been in touch or online.

On April 1, photojournalist Maksym Levin was found dead in Huta Mezhyhirska village of Vyshgorod district near Kyiv. According to the prosecutor's office, russian troops had fired two shots at him from a light weapon. Maksym had been working on the frontline as a journalist and was documenting the war crimes committed by the russians.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded Maksym Levin with an Order "For Courage" of the III degree.

Maksym Levin was born in 1981 in Kyiv region. He was a photo correspondent, documentary photographer, and camera man for many Ukrainian and international periodicals, and worked with such agencies as Reuters, BBC, TRT World, Associated Press,, Hromadske. His photos have been published in such media outlets as Wall Street Journal, TIME, Break.

Maks Levin is survived by four underage sons, his partner, and elderly parents.

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