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Suspect of arson of Skhemy’s car detained

26.08.2020, 12:48
Photo credit: the Ministry of Internal Affairs
Photo credit: the Ministry of Internal Affairs

On August 26, police detained a suspect of the arson of a car belonging to Skhemy (“Schemes:corruption in details program) journalists, as the Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said, according to the official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

“This morning, the National Police of Ukraine detained a resident of Luhansk region, who is reasonably suspected of setting fire to the cars of journalists of "Schemes: Corruption in Detail", Radio Svoboda, in compliance with Art. 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code", the report reads.

Arsen Avakov added, the law enforcement officers seized " criminals ' clothes, blasting cartridges, and other evidences." Search is on.

As IMI reported, on August 17 in Brovary (Kyiv region) unknown people set fire to the car of the journalistic investigation program Skhemy, which belongs to the driver of the program - a member of the film crew Borys Mazur. 

The police of Kyiv region started criminal proceedings for arsonof the car belonging to Skhemy’s driver. The incident has been qualified as a deliberate property damage.

on August 8, Mykhaylo Tkach, journalist with “Skhemy” (“Schemes: Corruption in Details”) program, said he noticed some signs indicating that a bug device has been installed inside his home.

The police instituted the criminal case on the fact of violating the privacy of the journalist of the program "Schemes: corruption in details" Mykhailo Tkach under Part 1 of Art. 182 (“Violation of privacy”) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and under Part 1 of Art. 359 ("Illegal acquisition or sale of special technical means of covert receipt of information, as well as its illegal use").

On October 31, 2019, Andriy Portnov, ex-deputy head of Viktor Yanukovych's presidential administration, made public some personal data of the driver of the TV crew of the "Skhemy" program, which was preparing an investigation into the former official's influence and ties to the new Ukrainian government. The editorial office saw this as direct pressure on the "Skhemy" team.

On November 2, 2019, Andriy Portnov threatened the entire editorial board of “Skhemy” investigative journalism program with the publication of "their detailed personal and identifying information," as well as "analysis of privacy and soft-cor convoy night time," and made public three license plates, which, as to him, were related to the journalists.

On November 4, 2019, the “Media for Conscious Choice Movement” and other media representatives called on the authorities and law enforcement agencies to bring Andriy Portnov to justice and asked to guarantee the safety of journalists.

In April 2020, two Radio Svoboda employees, Serhiy Ishchenko and Borys Mazur, filed lawsuits with Kyiv's Pechersk District Court against former Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Andriy Portnov for protection of the right to privacy, demand to eloin their personal data and to restitute non-pecuniary damage.

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