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Journalists, friends gather to commemorate Georgiy Gongadze on 16th anniversary of his murder

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Journalists and activists light candles during a commemoration ceremony for murdered journalist Georgiy Gongadze on Independence square on Sept. 16.
Photo by Volodymyr Petrov

On Sept. 16, dozens of journalists and activists came to Independence square to honor the memory of Georgiy Gongadze, the Ukrainska Pravda co-founder who was murdered on this date in 2000.

They brought posters showing Gongadze’s silhouette and a sign saying “In the beginning there was the word” along with candles which they lit up to honor the murdered journalist.

The murder remains unsolved. Ex-President Leonid Kuchma, his ex-chief of staff Volodymyr Lytvyn an other former top officials remain suspects. One high-ranking suspect, ex-Interior Minister Yuriy Kravchenko, was found dead, shot twice in the head on March 4, 2005, before he was scheduled to give testimony.

Ex-police general Oleksiy Pukach has been convicted of the crime along with three of his subordinate police officers.

This is Gongadze’s Wikipedia page.

Ex-Kyiv Post editor Jaroslav Koshiw’s book, “Beheaded,” can be ordered here.

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