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Russian journalist detained, questioned for 15 hours by Ukraine law enforcement

Published time: April 17, 2014 21:21
Edited time: April 18, 2014 17:17
Kristina Babaeva (image from

Kristina Babaeva (image from

A journalist for Russia’s LifeNews has been released after being detained and questioned for 15 hours by Ukraine law enforcement. Police allegedly “kicked” the reporter and “other peaceful civilians” during an armed confrontation in Mariupol on Wednesday.

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Kristina Babayeva was detained following an armed confrontation between anti-government protesters and soldiers stationed at a military base in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol on Wednesday. Her colleague, camerawoman Maria Povalyaeva, still remains at the local police station.

“She is being actively interrogated,” Babayeva told RT.

Babayeva said she was working at the scene when the shooting began. She said the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) and police then “launched an operation,” throwing her and other peaceful civilians on the ground.

“Many were kicked, including me. They were talking to us really harshly and said that if we moved a finger they would shoot to kill,” the journalist said, adding that she received several bruises.

According to the reporter, there was “total chaos” and police were shooting in different directions. Once anyone flashed a torch, they “fired at that direction without a warning,” Babayeva said, adding that real bullets were used – not rubber ones.

People were kept on the ground, their faces down, for about half an hour, before they were placed in a van to be taken to a local police station, Babayeva said.

She was questioned for 15 hours by the SBU and police officers, who attempted to accuse her of complicity in the armed seizure of the military base located in the turbulent Donetsk region.

Babayeva said police were aware that she is a Russian journalist and saw all her documents, seized her microphone, and two phones.

“They saw that I had made calls to activist – on the eve of the incident we were filming a report near the city council building. That’s why they accused me in complicity to the armed seizure, as they put it,” she said.

No violence was used against her at the police station, she said.

According to LifeNews, the journalist demanded that she be provided with a lawyer and given an opportunity to speak to a Russian consul, but law enforcers refused to do so.

Comments (11)


George Washington 18.05.2014 15:19

She might be 1 of the prettier Russian women I have saw.But I'm sure she was a spy like all other Russian reporters are. I find it amusing she says that she was talked to 'very harshly'..well you are in a war zone where they attack the police and civilians who support the Kiev govt. How come none of the Russian reporters ever hear any gun fire by the criminals in the East? NEVER !! Always police gun fire they hear and see and atrocities as they put it.. I wonder if Rt was Putin's idea or 1 of the other X KGB Communist. I cant believe Putin has the whole country brain washed but I believe more they live in fear of him


Rus Tas 19.04.2014 07:21

[quote name='Marek Stępień' time='18.04.2014 19:17']Ukrainian police interrogated an RT so-called "journalist& ;amp;quo t;. Please remind us what the Russian FSB did to actual, decent Russian journalists (without quotes) like Anna Politkovskaya?[/quot e]
So you agree Ukranian junta deserves to be sanctioned ? Learn logic kid.


Free_DrVojislavSeselj 18.04.2014 21:01

Wow, she looks a bit like Yulia from the Larry Diamond - US State Department propaganda movie >I am Ukrainian< (search on youtube).

Still, her real story of enduring abuses of Kiev-junta controlled police, among so many thousands of similar stories in only a few short weeks, will never get millions of youtube views, never mind any MSM coverage, owing to the fact it contradicts Washington-funded propaganda in support of Washington-funded juntas.

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