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Alert created on: 21 Jan 2016 n° 15/2016 Ukraine
Ukrainian Journalist Maria Varfolomeyeva Held for over a Year in Eastern Ukraine
Alert concerning the non-Government controlled areas in Luhansk and Donetsk regions
Maria Varfolomeyeva, a Ukrainian journalist and media fixer who worked for Svobodny Reporter website and VostokMedia outlets, was arrested on 15 January 2015 by forces loyal to the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) on allegations of spying for the Ukrainian Army and the Right Sector (the Ukrainian nationalist movement). Varfolomeyeva was detained after taking pictures of a block of buildings in a residential area of Luhansk and has remained in detention since, facing potentially a 15- year jail sentence.
14 Feb 2017: On 3 March 2016, Ms Varfolomeyeva was released from captivity. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
03 Mar 2016
On 3 March 2016, President Poroshenko announced that Ukrainian journalist Maria Varfolomeyeva was released.
14 Feb 2017
Reply from the Government of Ukraine