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Whether this particular issue is linked with Honcharenko’s
murder should be the subject of scrupulous investigation.
Honcharenko, a member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences and head of the nongovernmental
organization For Citizens’ Rights to a Safe Environment, is likely to have made
other enemies through this hard-hitting and substantiated reports on
radioactive, lead and chemical contamination, the quality of drinking water and
more. He was critical of those willing to risk public health and safety for
personal gain, as well as  criminal negligence by officials who looked
the other way. 

On the other hand there has been silence over the scandal
reported by Honcharenko on July 27 and now his voice has been silenced forever.
It is for the authorities to now demonstrate willingness to put an end to the
silence and the impunity this generates. 

There needs to be a real willingness to uncover and punish those responsible, not an imitation — as seen in the “news” recently that the two-year-old murder of journalist Vasyl Klymentyev
had been “solved.”

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