Without «News»: the editor of the Ukrainian newspaper was blocked by the security forces

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vulkanesti in photobombing in the offices of the Ukrainian publication VestiWithout «News»: the editor of the Ukrainian newspaper was blocked by the security forces© RIA Novosti / Alexei Walkerite the image Bank

Ukrainian security services carried out the search in the editorial Ukrainian edition of «Vesti» by stopping the work of employees.

In the editorial office, which is located in the shopping center «Gulliver» in the city center, along with intelligence officers, personally appeared and the chief military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoly Matios.

Law enforcers blocked the entrances to the building and let people out only after an inspection of personal belongings and documents. Before the searches, the security forces cordoned off the entire neighborhood, adjacent to the shopping center «Gulliver». The operation was conducted by special forces soldiers with full ammunition and armored vehicles, reported the edition «Страна.UA».

In searches involving the police and the military Prosecutor’s office. «Netpolice and GPU carry out investigative actions in the office premises of the shopping center «Gulliver», — said the speaker of Ukraine Yaroslav was Trakalo.

As stated at a briefing Anatoly Matios, the searches are connected with the financing of the company it is supposedly from the funds received for the provision of thousands of rail cars. «I hope that today a thousand cars, which cost approximately $ 40 million, will generate income for free distribution such a good newspaper as «News» and other fake sites,» — said Matios «Корреспондент.net».

According to him, the Prosecutor General’s office expects to cease publication of the newspaper «Vesti» from Friday. The journalists, however, searches are not exposed and are not involved in the case, said Matios.

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Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov also argues that the searches are not connected with work of journalists. According to him, the reason was financial fraud of the former Minister of revenues and duties of Ukraine Alexander Klimenko.

«We emphasize that this investigation and this operation does not relate to the content of journalistic materials which they publish in their respective publications. We are talking only about financial manipulation,» he explained.
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However, according to the editor of the newspaper Oksana Omelchenko, that criticism of the authorities became the reason of searches in the editorial. Omelchenko also said that representatives of the secret service broke into the offices without a court order a search warrant. Besides, militiamen threatened to terminate the broadcast of radio «Vesti» after reports about the searches, there are difficulties with the placement of materials on the newspaper’s website.

The newspaper «Vesti» published the largest circulation among all daily Newspapers in Ukraine — 350 thousand copies. Its editorial office was repeatedly searched, which in the national security Council and defence of Ukraine (SNBO) explained the suspicions in illegal financing of the newspaper.

Chief editor of the earlier edition was the current chief editor of the portal «Страна.UA» Igor Guzhva. In late June, the searches took place in the editorial and in this edition, the Guzhva was detained on suspicion of extortion for the deployment of compromising materials on the current policy. The journalist believes the case against him planned provocation.


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