MOSCOW, February 7 – RIA Novosti. The SBU may open a criminal case against Ukrainian journalist Alena Berezovskaya over a question she asked the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life party Viktor Medvedchuk during an interview for RT.
Earlier, Berezovskaya asked the politician if he thought that “it would be better for Ukrainians to join Russia, and it would be easier and easier.”
As the journalist herself told RIA Novosti, in this regard, the Ukrainian Security Service began an inspection.
“As far as I understand, there may even be a criminal case,” she said.
According to media reports, earlier Berezovskaya worked at the Ukrainian portal Obozrevatel, and after 2013 she moved to Russia and became the chief editor of the website “Ukraine.ru”.
On Tuesday evening, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy put into effect a NSDC decision that imposes sanctions on 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels for five years, as well as Taras Kozak, the Verkhovna Rada deputy who owns them, from the Opposition Platform – For Life faction. These opposition broadcasters in Ukraine are associated with Medvedchuk. The party itself condemned this decision, calling it a manifestation of dictatorship and infringement of freedom of speech. TV channels stopped broadcasting, but YouTube remained available.
The list of restrictions for channels includes blocking assets, restricting trading operations, preventing the withdrawal of capital from Ukraine, suspension of performance of economic and financial obligations, cancellation or suspension of licenses and other permits. Also, TV companies are prohibited from using the radio frequency resource of Ukraine and rebroadcasting TV programs.
In addition, the broadcasting of dozens of Russian channels has been banned in Ukraine since the summer of 2014. The black list includes Channel One, Russia 24, Zvezda, REN-TV, Life News, RTR-Planeta, RT, as well as many entertainment, children's or sports channels such as Smile of a Child, Okhota and fishing “,” Mini Movie “,” Real Funny TV “. In Russia, these restrictions have repeatedly been called an unacceptable attack on media freedom.