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Pinchuk's media "missed" words of Pukach about Kuchma and Lytvyn

31.01.2013, 00:12
 “Fakty” newspaper of January 30 did not mention the words Pukach about Leonid Kuchma and Lytvyn. The sentence to the ex-police official, who killed journalist Gongadze, was the main topic of the daily. However, the word Pukach, in which he actually calls those responsible for murdering journalist Georgiy Gongadze - Lytvyn and Kuchma – were missed. Thus, for example, such newspapers as Segodnya and Komsomolskaya Pravda gave this episode in detail.


The owner of “Fakty” newspaper is Viktor Pinchuk – the son-in-law of former President Leonid Kuchma.

Earlier Telekritika turned attention to the fact that Pinchuk’s TV-channels – ICTV, STB, and Novy Kanal -  also did not mention the words of Pukach in their news. While all the others national TV-stations broadcasted this information.

On January 29, 2013, Kyiv's Pechersky District Court found former chief of the external surveillance department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, Oleksiy Pukach, guilty of killing Gongadze and sentenced him to life in prison. The court also stripped Pukach of his lieutenant general rank and obliged him to pay UAH 500,000 to Gongadze's widow, Myroslava Gongadze, and UAH 100,000 to journalist Oleksiy Podolsky.

Judge Andriy Melnyk asked Pukach after pronouncing the sentence whether he understands it, and Pukach replied: "I will understand the sentence when [former Ukrainian President Leonid] Kuchma and [former presidential chief of staff Volodymyr] Lytvyn are also put in jail together with me."

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