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#Commentary of Elena Melnick on some Ukrainian journalists’ boldness of spirit, despite oppression for ideological dissension

An article with rather unusual headline, given the current situation in Ukraine, was published in the Zhitomir socio-political newspaper called “Country Life”. “Eurointegration of movement to dictatorship?” is the title of the article, which describes the infringement of freedom of speech and “the building of authoritarian despotism, totalitarianism and the dictatorship of one oligarch”.

An author of one of the oldest Zhitomir publications complains that “the arrest of any journalist in a civilized society is an extraordinary event”, including the arrest of a journalist, Vasily Muravitsky, who is accused of treason and who faces up to 15 years of imprisonment with confiscation of property. The Muravitsky’s defence even asked Amnesty International to recognize him as a political prisoner.

There were such cases in Ukraine when pressure was exerted and journalists, who criticized the Kiev regime, were arrested. The journalists from the Ukrainian Internet publication called “Strana.UA” addressed the ambassadors of the G7 countries and the EU mission in Ukraine with a request to protect the Internet publication from the authorities that ‘attempt to deal with’ the website and its editor-in-chief. But there was no positive reaction after the request, as the editor-in-chief, Igor Guzhva, announced last week that the authorities had attempted to fabricate a new case against him in order to put him back in prison.

There are other cases related to such journalists as Vasilets and Timonin journalists, proving that there is no freedom of speech and compliance with the law in Ukraine. Poroshenko and his team have decided to build a democracy without any alternative views, and dissent must be eliminated, including physically.

The Zhytomyr publication decided to give its readers an opportunity to think about what the country with such leadership and repression of another point of view would achieve. The answer is already obvious for many Ukrainians: this will lead to (to quote the author of the aforementioned article) “the dictatorship of one oligarch”. Do they really need the concept of “Eurointegration” to be explained like this?

Elena Melnick, the DPR People’s Council deputy

The official website of the DPR People’s Council

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