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Vitaliy Sizov, a
Novosti Donbassa journalist and head of the investigative journalism project Donetskaya Pravda, was the first to
notice the surveillance. A few weeks after the start of the Donteskaya Pravda
project he noticed that several unknown persons had taken a peculiar interest
in him.

On Aug. 23 an
unknown man followed Sizov all the way from the Donetsk region Batkyvshyna headquarters, where a press
conference was held, to the Novosti Donbassa newspaper office. The surveillance
ended only after Sizov made it clear to his watcher that he had noticed him.
After that, he saw the man twice more: in a fast food outlet and next to the
entrance to his apartment block.

On Sept. 6, a
second unknown man followed Sizov when he left his workplace. On Sept. 15, two
unknown men followed Sizov and me, this time from my house. By now the pursuers
did not even try to hide themselves. Later we saw them in three different
places, in different parts of town, during our route through the city.

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