Four months ahead of a crucial parliamentary election, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has moved to shut down two independent news organisations, including Lb.ua, an online news website with which EurActiv has had editorial relations for many months.
Sonia Koshkina, considered one of
Ukraine’s most talented journalists, told EurActiv that she and her
editorial team have chosen exile, because each of them could face a
seven-year prison sentence, the same as former Prime
Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.