The president expressed his concern about the reports that the
broadcasting and business activities of the channel were being hindered.
Yanukovych called on the National Council to consider carefully all the
statements by management and staff of the TVi about the conflicts with
government agencies and commercial organizations, the press service
As reported, 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 Hr 3 million in taxes to the budget. Kniazhytsky
said that he had already won all of the 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 a moratorium on media checks
before parliamentary elections.
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.