Ukrainian PEN urges Kyiv and world community to reinforce pressure onto Russia and DPR to free Aseyev
Photo credits: from Ukrainian PEN Centern website Ukrainian PEN Center urged the Ukrainian authority and the world community of journalists to make pressure on Russian authorities controlling the so-called DPR with the demand of immediate release of the journalist Stanislav Asyeyv, as it is said in the statement issued by the Ukrainian PEN Center. “We carry no illusions regarding the state and nature of judicature of the so-called DPR. We do not believe Aseev’s confession to espionage to be true and are convinced that Stanislav was coerced to do it. We urge the Ukrainian government to make all possible efforts to free Stanislav Aseev along with all Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia as well as captives in occupied territories by negotiating exchange deals.,” Ukrainian PEN said. IMI informed that Stanislav Aseyev (Stanislav Vasin), journalist and correspondent for the Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty, was held in captivity by Russian hybrid forces in the occupied part of the Donbas from May or June 2017, on charges of “espionage in favor of Ukraine.” On August 17, 2018, the Russia 24 TV program showed a program in which the captured journalist Stanislav Aseyev allegedly confessed that he had been working for Ukrainian intelligence. On August 17, 2018, Radio Free Europe / Radio Free Europe reported that it considered a very dubious “confession” in the espionage of Stanislav Aseyev, broadcasted by “Russia 24” TV channel. On August 20, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) reacted to the plot of Russia 24 on the “confession” of the “espionage” of Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseyev (Vasina) and urgedhim to be released immediately. On August 20, 2018, journalists, Ukrainian media and human rights organizations expressed profound indignation at “confession” of Stas Aseyev and supposed that the journalist could have been under physical or psychological pressure. “Reporters Without Borders” and the Committee to Protect Journalists condemned Russian state TV channel Rossiya 24’s decision to broadcast a “confession” by Stanislav Aseyev.
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