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Treason suspect Shariy is a member of the International Federation of Journalists – the IMI

03.11.2023, 16:51
Photo: Liga
Photo: Liga

The pro-Russian blogger and treason suspect Anatoliy Shariy is a member of the International Federation of Journalists, as the IMI learned from our own sources.

According to the sources, Shariy wrote to multiple media organizations asking for their support, as he claimed to be persecuted due to his investigations into European drug cartels.

He said that was a member of the International Federation of Journalists and that he was “shocked to have been assaulted in Europe as a journalist.”

Photo from the IMI's source

The IMI has contacted the International Federation of Journalists for a comment confirming if Shariy is a member of their organization.

As the IMI reported, unknown persons in Spain hurled several “Molotov cocktails” at the house of the pro-Russian propagandist and treason suspect, Anatoliy Shariy, on the night of October 24, 2023. According to elDiario, the attack followed Shariy’s “investigation” into the supposed drug trafficking business in Ukraine and Europe.

Anatoliy Shariy was detained in Spain on May 4, 2022, but a Spanish court later released him under a recognizance not to leave the country. Iryna Venedictova, who was then Ukraine’s Attorney General, urged Ukrainians to refrain from emotional comments about Shariy so as not to interfere with his extradition.

In 2021, the SBU issued a suspicion notice to Anatoliy Shariy under two articles in the Criminal Code of Ukraine: Article 111 (“High treason”) and Article 161 (“Violation of citizens’ equality based on their race, nationality, religion, disability or other characteristics”). The SBU summoned Shariy for questioning on February 22 and declared him a wanted person on February 25.

On March 1, 2021, SBU submitted to the Kyiv City Attorney’s Office a request for international legal assistance and material necessary for organizing and performing investigative actions in other countries as part of Shariy’s case.

On August 21, 2021, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky signed into effect the National Security and Defense Council's decision to impose sanctions on the Shariy couple – Anatoliy and Olha. On February 16, 2022, Zelensky expanded the sanctions targeting Shariy, which now apply to his websites as well.

On July 6, 2023, the SBU issued another suspicion notice to pro-Kremlin blogger Anatoliy Shariy, who produced staged videos for the Russian FSB of Ukrainian POWs being interrogated. He is suspected under Article 28 Part 2 and Article 111 Part 2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (high treason committed under martial law by a group of persons upon prior conspiracy).

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