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Prosecutor's office: Criminal case against TVi's Kniazhytsky closed

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Aug. 2, 2012, 3:09 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The investigatory department of Kyiv's Tax Police has closed a criminal case against TVi Channel Director General Mykola Kniazhytsky.
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The investigatory department of Kyiv's Tax Police has closed a criminal case against TVi Channel Director General Mykola Kniazhytsky, according to the press service of Kyiv's Prosecutor's Office.

The press service recalled that on July 27 the prosecutor's office cancelled an instruction on the opening of the criminal case against Kniazhytsky. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Pshonka ordered to check whether the criminal case was opened legally.

On July 30, the materials of the criminal case were sent back to the investigatory department of the tax police in Kyiv, and on August 1 the case was closed. It was decided to return the channel's documents, which had been withdrawn by law enforcers, the prosecutor's office said.

On July 12, 2012, reports said that a criminal case had been opened against TVi Director Kniazhytsky. The tax police accused him of failing to pay UAH 3 million in taxes to the budget. Kniazhytsky said that he had already won all trials on this case and that he had paid all taxes. The tax police started checking the channel's documents, although Head of the State Tax Service Oleksandr Klymenko signed an order in April 2012 declaring on a moratorium on media checks before parliamentary elections.

Kniazhytsky is eleventh in the party ticket of the united opposition.

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joseph gregg Aug. 2, 2012, 3:12 p.m.    

Hello... HELLO! Is anyone thinking when writing? I realize this is an interfax reprint, but the key point is the channel was cut from cable distribution in 9 (I think) markets. So they have been removed even if the case has been dropped. So where does the rest of the story lead? Perhaps you could assign someone to complete this story. Thank you...

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harley Aug. 2, 2012, 4:23 p.m.    

The bigger story here is that it seems someone higher up (our president?) decides who will and who won't be prosecuted. Apparently there was enough pressure internationally and in Ukraine that they decided to drop the persecution.

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