President Viktor Yanukovych has instructed Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Pshonka and Interior Minister Anatoliy Mohyliov to conduct a comprehensive, full, and objective investigation in the shortest possible time of an armed attack on Obozrevatel Internet publication journalist Anatoliy Shariy. The President has also submitted the open letter he had received on July 13 from the Obozrevatel journalists team requesting him to take the case under his personal supervision to the Interdepartmental Working Group for Analyzing Observation of the Freedom of Speech and Protection of Journalists Legislation. 

The letter informs of an armed attack on journalist Anatoly Shariy, committed in the night of July 13. Just before the attack, the journalist has been investigating the activity of a gambling machines club. On July 13, his car was fired upon by unknown individuals. The journalist was not harmed. 

Based on the fact, the Interior Ministry’s Solomyanskyi District Department in Kyiv has instituted criminal proceedings under Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (attempted murder).


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