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POW Maksym Butkevych receives Czech award "Stories of Injustice"

02.11.2022, 10:55
Photo: Hromadske Radio
Photo: Hromadske Radio

Human rights activist and Hromadske Radio co-founder Maksym Butkevych, who is currently in Russian captivity, received the "Stories of Injustice" award.

Olena Ivantsiv reported this on Facebook.

"Today, my friend Maksym Butkevych received the 'Stories of Injustice' (Příbéhy Bezpráví) award from the Czech organization People in Need," the post reads.

Maksym's father Oleksandr received the award for him in Prague.

As IMI reported, in June, human rights activist, journalist, and co-founder of ZMINA human rights center and NGO "Hromadske Radio" Maksym Butkevych has been taken prisoner by the Russians near ​​the captured Zolote and Hirske villages in Luhansk oblast.

Russian propagandists announced the capture of Butkevych on June 24, publishing a video of his interrogation.

Maksym Butkevych is a Ukrainian human rights activist and journalist. Coordinator and co-founder of the "Without Borders" project, aimed at helping asylum seekers and Ukrainian immigrants and countering hate speech. Co-founder of ZMINA human rights center and Hromadske Radio. Previously, he worked for the BBC World Service and a number of all-Ukrainian TV channels, has been a guest lecturer at NaUKMA for several years, and was also a board member of Amnesty International's Ukrainian representative office and the community council under the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

In September 2022, the Ministry of Defense of Russia confirmed holding human rights activist and Ukrainian Armed Forces soldier Maksym Butkevych as prisoner. He is currently in the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk oblast.

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