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SSU and Prosecutor's office say they caught activist of "Road Control" demanding bribe

27.01.2016, 10:25

In Zaporizhzhya, officers of the Security Service of Ukraine in cooperation with the Prosecutor's Office detained the activist of civil association “Road control”, who allegedly demanded a bribe from police. Web-site of the Security Service of Ukraine reports about this case.

According to the SSU, the activist demanded six thousand Euro for compromising materials against road police officers. For this money, the activist, as they claim, promised not to disseminate the video in mass media and in the Internet. The activist was detained when he was receiving from police officers part of the bribe in amount 1.5 thousand dollars. The investigation is pending, officials report.

 

At the same time, the website of “Road control” reports that the arrested activist is the journalist of the media outlet, Vitaliy Kosenko.

“Our preliminary information is that Vitaliy Kosenko recorded the fact of road police officers receiving a bribe. At this time, representatives of the SSU and Prosecutor's office appeared at the site, and they detained Kosenko”, "Road Control" media outlet reports. As another Road Control activist Oleksander Kunytskyi says, in the process of detaining, Kosenko was beaten. Right after he was detained, he was transported to the hospital. The officer who investigates his case informed the lawyer that Kosenko injuries "are caused by his fall, as the ground is slippery on the street".

 

"Road Control" claims that the arrest of their activist is a planned attack against non-governmental structures that can be potentially threatening to the government (as it played important role in bringing down the rule of Yanukovych).

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