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Sport Ukraine: explosion of the house of the main anti-corruption activist

03:15  24 july  2020
03:15  24 july  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The Anti - Corruption Action Centre said it believed the arson was "an assassination attempt" targeting Shabunin and his family. Speaking to reporters in front of his house in the village of Gnidyn outside Kiev, Shabunin accused President Volodymyr Zelensky of failing to protect activists . "He hasn't done

Vitaly Shabunin, the head of the non-profit Anti - Corruption Action Centre, posted pictures on Facebook of his one-storey house with damaged interiors and a collapsed roof. The Anti - Corruption Action Centre said it believed the arson was "an assassination attempt" targeting Shabunin and his

Le militant ukrainien anticorruption Vitaliy Chabounine à côté de sa maison endommagée par un incendie, dans le village de Hnidyn dans la région de Kiev, le 23 juillet 2020. © REUTERS / Serhii Nuzhnenko Ukrainian anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Chabounin next to his house damaged by fire, in the village of Hnidyn in the Kiev region, July 23, 2020

In Ukraine, amazement followed by anger spread through the ranks of civil society after an arson attack destroyed the home of Vitaly Chabounine, who is none other than the country's most famous anti-corruption activist. For several months, a deleterious populist climate has reigned in Ukraine where political figures, sometimes linked to President Zelensky's camp or to the oligarchs, attack members of civil society.

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Vitaly Shabunin, the head of the non-profit Anti - Corruption Action Centre, posted pictures on Facebook of his one-storey house with damaged interiors and a collapsed roof. The Anti - Corruption Action Centre said it believed the arson was "an assassination attempt" targeting Shabunin and his

Ukrainian anti - corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin stands next to his house , damaged by fire, in the village of Hnidyn in Kyiv Region, Ukraine July 23, 2020. The fire prompted concern from Western diplomats who have pressed Ukraine to tackle entrenched corruption and clean up its justice system.

Vitaly Chabounine is the director of the Anti-Corruption Action Center, a shocking NGO, very famous, which tracks the actions of all the corrupt in Ukraine, whatever their political color.

Suffice to say that over the years, Vitaly Chabounine has made a lot of enemies. He has already been assaulted several times, but this time the threats have escalated.

In the crosshairs of the oligarchs

On the night of July 22 to 23, a criminal explosion followed by a fire completely destroyed his house in the suburbs of Kiev, without causing any victims. The thirty-something and his family were absent during the fire.

Nevertheless, the Anti-Corruption Action Center, highly respected by the international community, on Thursday 23 July qualified the facts as an “attempted assassination” and demanded that the investigation be placed directly under the responsibility of President Zelensky, so that the police and the judiciary generally do nothing to elucidate this kind of news item.

For several months, the NGO of Chabounine has been in the crosshairs of oligarchic circles, in particular the entourage of the oligarch Ihor Kolomoïsky as well as the pro-Russian camp, who accuse the anti-corruption personalities of being agents of the philanthropist Georges Soros in Ukraine, creating an extremely unhealthy climate.

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