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Journalists In Annexed Crimea Under Pressure

  • RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine -- Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officers on the annexed Crimean Peninsula have detained an investigative journalist in the regional capital, Simferopol.

Colleagues of Natalya Kokorina, who works for the Center of Journalist Investigations in Simferopol, told RFE/RL that FSB officers searched her parents' apartment and detained her.

Her lawyer, Dzhemil Temishev, was not allowed to enter the apartment during the search.

Also on March 13, FSB officers searched an apartment in Simferopol that belongs to the parents of another local journalist, Anna Andriyevska, and confiscated a computer belonging to Andriyevska's father.

Andriyevska moved to Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, after Russia illegally annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March last year.

The officers told Andriyevska's father she was being investigated over an article published last year which investigators claimed called for the overthrow of the Moscow-backed government in Crimea.