Kyiv, 16 December 2003 (RFE/RL) -- A Ukrainian Internet reporter was found dead over the weekend in suspicious circumstances, hanging from the handle of his refrigerator at his home in southern Ukraine. The website, vlasti.net, which employed Volodymyr Karachevtsev, today said that it is still not clear "how an adult could be hanged on the handle of a fridge."
The site quoted Karachevtsev's wife as saying, "Volodymyr's death was not accidental." The site said that local police were investigating the case.
Since 1991, 18 journalists have been killed in Ukraine in highly suspicious circumstances.