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Ukraine Detains Man Suspected Of Torching RFE/RL Correspondent's Car In Lviv


RFE/RL Journalist's Car Set Ablaze In Ukraine
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KYIV -- Ukrainian police have detained a man on suspicion of setting the car of RFE/RL correspondent Halyna Tereshchuk on fire in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv last month.

According to Schemes, a television program produced by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service and Ukrainian Public Television, the detainee is a citizen of Ukraine registered in the western Ukrainian city of Kamianets-Podilskyi. Earlier, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Twitter that the detainee is a Moldovan citizen.

"We are working on finding out who prompted him do that. The safety of a journalist is a priority," Avakov wrote on Twitter.

Tereshchuk's car was set on fire and completely destroyed on the night of January 29.

The journalist, who has worked for RFE/RL since 2000, said at the time that she suspected the attack was linked to her professional activities.

Deputy Interior Minister Anton Herashchenko told RFE/RL at the time of the attack that it might have been ordered by a third party.

The Ukrainian unit of rights group Freedom House condemned the torching of Tereshchuk's car, as well as that of Andriy Lukin, an activist in Zaporizhzhya, whose car was also set ablaze on January 29.

The group stated that "arson or other methods of destruction of vehicles and property are becoming increasingly used as a means to pressure active people in Ukraine."

It noted there were 11 cases last year of property belonging to activists being destroyed and "in almost all cases, the perpetrators were not found and punished."