Myroslava Gongadze has experienced first-hand the ruthlessness of those who would silence the free press. Her husband, Georgiy Gongadze, an investigative journalist and founder of the website "Ukrayinska Pravda" in the early years of Ukraine's independence, was abducted and killed in 2000, allegedly on the orders of the country’s top officials. Now a journalist with the Ukrainian service of the Voice of America (VOA), Gongadze is a fierce defender of press freedom and advocate for the protection of journalists.
Billionaire Viktor Pinchuk accused Dnipropetrovsk governor Igor Kolomoisky and his business partner Henadiy Bogolyubov of attempts to smear his family ahead of a important court hearing in London due to start next year.
Renat Kuzmin, Ukraine's former top deputy prosecutor general who fled the nation after the EuroMaidan Revolution, said that a $1 billion bribe was paid to drop murder charges against ex-President Leonid Kuchma.
There's no question that Ukraine's fifth president will go into office with a lot of crises to manage -- ending the Kremlin-backed separatist war in the east, negotiating a peace agreement with Russia, advancing Ukraine's integration with the European Union and lifting the economy out of recession.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov doesn't believe that ex-President Leonid Kuchma was involved in the murder of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze in 2000.
First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin said investigators have evidence that former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma is involved in the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze in 2000.
Viktor Petrunenko, a lawyer of second Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma (1994-2005), has said he believes that the mentioning of the name of his client by Oleksiy Pukach, the former head of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's external surveillance, who was convicted of the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze, is unsubstantiated from a legal point of view.
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, today welcomed the conviction of the murderer of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze, the former chief of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's external surveillance department, Oleksiy Pukach, while urging the Ukrainian authorities to continue to pursue the instigators of this crime.
Lesia Gongadze, the mother of journalist Georgy Gongadze who was killed in 2000, has said that she will not recognize her son's death and is planning to defend his honor and dignity in court.
A Ukrainian court has sentenced a former interior ministry official to life in prison for the 2000 murder of an investigative journalist.
Myroslava Gongadze, the widow of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze killed in 2000, believes the proceedings concerning her husband's murder will be completed after not only those who actually committed the murder, but also those who ordered it have been punished.
The judgment by Kyiv's Pechersky District Court in the case of Oleksiy Pukach is the one requested by prosecutors, although there are some differences, the public prosecutor in the case, Volodymyr Shylov, has said.
Valentyna Telychenko, the lawyer of Myroslava Gongadze, the wife of murdered journalist Georgy Gongadze, will insist on a new investigation into the case of the death of former Interior Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Kravchenko.
Former police general Oleksiy Pukach was convicted and given a life prison sentence on Jan. 29 for the intentional murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze on Sept. 16, 2000. But the nearly 13-year-old saga since the journalist went missing is not over, as the lawyer for Gongadze’s widow, Myroslava, will appeal the ruling in an effort to bring those who ordered the murder to justice.
Valentyna Telychenko, a lawyer of Myroslava Gongadze, the wife of murdered journalist Georgy Gongadze, intends to appeal against the verdict of Kyiv's Pechersky District Court in a criminal case against former chief of the external surveillance department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, Oleksiy Pukach, who was found guilty of the murder of Gongadze and sentenced to life in prison for it.
The surnames of second president of Ukraine (1994-2005) Leonid Kuchma and ex-chairman of Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Lytvyn were not mentioned in the verdict on former chief of the external surveillance department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, Oleksiy Pukach, the text of which was announced at Pechersky District Court of Kyiv.
Andriy Fedur, the lawyer of Lesia Gongadze, the mother of murdered journalist Georgy Gongadze, is unlikely to appeal against the decision of Kyiv's Pechersky District Court to find former chief of the external surveillance department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, Oleksiy Pukach, guilty of killing Gongadze and sentence him to life in prison.
Kyiv's Pechersky District Court has sentenced the former chief of the external surveillance department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, Oleksiy Pukach, to life in prison for killing journalist Georgy Gongadze.
Valentyna Telychenko, the lawyer for Georgy Gongadze's widow, Myroslava Gongadze, has supported the prosecutor's opinion that the former chief of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's external surveillance department, Oleksiy Pukach, should be sentenced to life imprisonment. Verdict to Pukach to be announced in open regive on January 29.