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Ukraine scores near bottom of international press freedom ratings: Russian Foreign Ministry

Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Foreign Ministry representative for human rights, democracy, and the supremacy of the law. Photo: vesti.ru

Ukraine scores near the bottom of all international human rights ratings, says Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Foreign Ministry representative for human rights, democracy, and the supremacy of the law.

Press freedom and the obstacles the Ukrainian authorities create to the activity of both the Russian and the Ukrainian journalists are in question, the diplomat explained.

“Sooner or later, these issues should be addressed. Evidently, those guilty do not want to answer for it,” Dolgov said on the Russian television.

On April 16 2015, Oles Buzina, a Ukrainian journalist known for his pro-Russian views was shot dead near his house. Earlier on March 15 2015, Olga Moroz, the editor-in-chief of the Ukrainian newspaper "Neteshinsky Vestnik" was found dead in her apartment bearing signs of a violent death.  Over the last year and a half, Ukraine’s security forces have repeatedly detained journalists from Russia.

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