Gerashchenko: No media freedom in Russia for long time already

Gerashchenko: No media freedom in Russia for long time alreadyThere is no such thing as media freedom in Russia, and there has been none there for quite a while now. Anton Gerashchenko, the counselor to Interior Minister of Ukraine, said this in his commentary. Thus, he commented on searches in the apartment of Kseniya Babych, the Ukrainian reporter in Moscow, who has been working as a string correspondent for 112 Ukraine TV channel.

‘Putin created a police state that does not tolerate freedom of speech or dissidence; the state run by fear. He created it to keep the people afraid, to frighten the nation’s best intellectuals and many reporters, to either make them leave Russia or keep them silent. So every action of the Putin’s regime against the opposition and reporters should be viewed as burning out everything and everyone who’d withstand Putin’s power. There’s no freedom in Russia; well, there’s some in the kitchen talks, perhaps, but that’s as far as it goes. The rest of the freedom, including that in the Internet, is long gone. A person rises against the regime – they claim him a terrorist. They impose criminal responsibility for instigation of interethnic hostility; even I was charged with that,’ Gerashchenko said.

The Russian law enforcers searched the apartment of Ukrainian reporter Kseniya Babych, who works for 112 Ukraine TV channel and also operates as press secretary for a local human rights watching organization in Moscow. Local authorities put Kseniya Babych as member of the Right Sector movement, which is banned in Russia. Babych is now to be interviewed at the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation. There has been no contact with her for now. According to him the journalist even managed to state the very fact of the search at her apartment and post it at Facebook; however, one of the law enforcers took her cell phone from her and deleted the post.
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