Ukrainian journalist refuses to participate in POW deal in exchange for admitting guilt

28.12.2017, DPR.

Journalist Vasily Muravitsky refused to take part in a prisoner of war exchange in which he had to admit his guilt, the lawyer of the detainee Andrei Gozhy informed journalists on December 28, RIA Novosti Ukraine reports.

According to the lawyer, the journalist, who was detained by the Ukrainian Security Service in August 2017, is regularly being offered to be exchanged. For this, he has to plead guilty and refuse to proceed with any kind of complaints and appeals. Vasily Muravitsky refused to accept such conditions. He also refused to participate in the exchange of prisoners of war, which took place on December 27, 2017, between the Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic on one side and the Kiev authorities on the other.

The journalist believes that any European state must guarantee the right to hold opinions that do not coincide with the state ideology. Nevertheless, for his professional activities as a journalist, Vasily is charged with high treason, encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, violation of equality of citizens’ rights, and creating a terrorist organization.

Vasily Muravitsky was born in 1984 in Zhitomir. From 2011 to 2013, he worked as a chief editor for the all-Ukrainian Youth newspaper. He was arrested on August 1, 2017, in his hometown because of cooperation with Russian periodicals and various media of the unrecognized republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. On December 20, Amnesty International demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Muravitsky, calling him a prisoner of conscience.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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