Several hundred people, among them journalists and civic activists
were protesting near Ukraine's parliament building in Kyiv on Oct.
1, where a meeting of the conciliatory council of the leaders of
parliamentary factions and committees was taking place.
Earlier on Sept. 18, the parliament passed in the first reading
a bill by Vitaliy Zhuravsky, a lawmaker in the pro-presidential
Party of Regions faction, according to which those found guilty
could be sentenced to up to three years in prison. Later on the
deputy backed off on his draft law. On Oct. 2 the parliament
will consider whether to cancel these legislation novelties.