Vasyl Klymentyev

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Vasyl Petrovich Klymentyev (Ukrainian: Василь Петрович Климентьєв, Russian: Василий Петрович Климентьев; born 10 October 1943[1] in Bereka[2]) was a Ukrainian investigative journalist and was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Novy Stil based in Kharkiv. He went missing in August 2010[3] and is presumed dead.[4]

Klymentyev was known for his investigations of corruption in the Kharkiv area. He disappeared on 11 August 2010.[3] On 15 August 2010 the police opened an investigation on the presumption that it was first degree murder.[5] As of November 2011 this investigation was continuing.[6]

His disappearance has been compared to that of Georgiy Gongadze, an internet journalist murdered in 2000 for investigating corruption.[4] Media watchdogs have seen it as one of many signs of a deterioration in press freedom since the election of President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2010.[7][8]

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  1. ^ (Ukrainian) Briefing on the prosecutor's office in search of a journalist, Ministry of Internal Affairs (Ukraine) (21 August 2010)
  2. ^ (Russian) For information about the missing main editor of the newspaper announced rewards, (17 August 2010)
  3. ^ a b Mohyliov: Case on disappearance of journalist Klymentyev at a final stage, Kyiv Post (20 July 2011)
  4. ^ a b Missing, presumed dead: disappearance of Ukrainian journalist deepens media fears, The Guardian (8 September 2010)
  5. ^ Police draw blank on missing journalist, Kyiv Post (2 September 2010)
  6. ^ Inquiry into journalist Klymentyev's disappearance continues, Kyiv Post (7 November 2011)
  7. ^ A dangerous place for news, The Moscow News (30 August 2010)
  8. ^ Concerns Mount About Press Freedom In Ukraine As Journalist Attacked, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (September 21, 2010)

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