Harassment of Journalists Natalya Kokorina and Anna Andrievska in Crimea, Ukraine by Russian Officials

Update: 16 Feb 2017 State replied
Year 02 Apr 2015 Country Ukraine Category C. Harassment and intimidation of journalists Source of threat State Partner EFJ/IFJ Alert level Level 2
02 Apr 2015 Ukraine C. Harassment and intimidation of journalists State EFJ/IFJ Level 2

On 6 March 2015, agents from the FSB, the Russian secret services, searched the homes of parents of journalists Natalya Kokorina and Anna Andrievska in the Crimea peninsula, according to reports. On the same day, Ms Kokorina was detained and initially refused access to her lawyer. She was finally freed after six hours of detention for which no reason was given. A computer belonging to the father of Anna Andrievska was taken away. Anna, a board member of the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTUU), has been charged with anti-state activities. The charges are based on an article published in December 2014, which authorities claimed “aimed at violating the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation”. If found guilty, she faces up to five years in prison. The two journalists worked for the news portal of the Crimean Centre for Investigative Journalism. After the annexation of Crimea by Russia last year, the center, initially based in Simferopol, was forced to relocate to Kyiv after its staff was subjected to attacks, harassment and legal restrictions by the authorities. Andrievska moved to Kyiv in early May 2014 but her family stayed in Crimea.

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16 Feb 2017 : Reply from the Government of Ukraine
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