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Humiliation: Ukrainian MP & thugs beat state TV Channel head into resigning (VIDEO)

Published time: March 18, 2014 23:58
Edited time: March 20, 2014 12:27

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A Ukrainian nationalist MP assisted by a group of helpers abused and threatened interim head of Ukraine’s National TV. They accused him of being anti-Ukrainian and bullied him into signing his resignation, claiming to be members of a new media regulator.

The office of the acting CEO of the National Television Company of Ukraine, Aleksandr Panteleymonov, was stormed by people who claimed to be members of the freedom of speech and information committee. Among them were Ukrainian Svoboda MP Igor Miroshnynchenko and party ideologist Andrey Ilyenko. What began as a loud conversation quickly turned into a fight.

A video of the incident has been posted online.

Still from video by Svoboda Party

NTU is state-run and operates the nation’s largest public broadcaster, Pershyi Natsionalnyi.

Svoboda (Freedom) party members yelled at the interim CEO and beat him in the face, accusing the channel of a lack of nationalism and forcefully demanding his resignation.

“Write your resignation!” Sit down! I told you, sit down!,” yelled one of the members while throwing punches and pushing Panteleymonov.

“You are feasting in my Ukraine!...Here is a paper, pen, write the resignation now quickly, you animal...You are Moskal (a derogatory term for Russian) garbage!”

He replied to the men, saying: “I am not Russian, I am Ukrainian.” But to that they responded: “You are Ukrainian? You are sh*t! You campaigned for Moscow, you lied to Ukrainians for our money!”

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The Svoboda party’s press secretary, Aleksandr Aronets, said on his Facebook page that they “forced the head of the Pershyi Natsionalnyi Panteleymonov to write a letter of resignation.” As proof, he attached a picture of the paper.

“During Yanukovich’s [presidency] he was a deputy for information policy of Egor Benkendorf [former NTU CEO and now the chairman of TV channel 'Inter'], i.e. he was personally behind brainwashing the Ukrainians and was convincing them that improvements have happened already, and when people were getting killed, he was showing a TV series about the Russian army. For the last year he has been the head of the channel,” reads the statement.

The Svoboda party is a far-right Ukrainian nationalist party, which is currently one of the five largest parties in the country. The event comes amid a wide, vocal presence of far-right groups in Ukrainian politics.

Meanwhile, a number of Russian channels have been banned in Ukraine, and a satellite provider that used to provide services for RT was threatened by unknown gunmen.

Just last week, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe criticized Kiev’s “repressive” move to shut down the broadcasting of Russian TV channels after the media watchdog reported that over 50 percent of providers have already fulfilled the order allegedly aimed at “ensuring national security and sovereignty.”

“As of 11:00 GMT, March 11th, 50 percent of providers throughout Ukraine have disabled broadcasting of foreign channels” and others are preparing to follow, the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine said on its website.

This was not the first time that nationalist radicals coerced individuals to sign resignation letters by using violence and threats. Far-right radicals wearing masks stormed a city council meeting last week, armed with bats and hammers.

Comments (117)


Rose215 25.03.2014 02:33

Daniel Jones 19.03.2014 16:04

There is a huge difference - far left doesnt use violence in the protest - see Civil Right movement(MLK) Ghandhi.


Of course they do. Would you not call the Bolsheviks "far left"? It is important to realize that in the realm of extremism, the usual political alignment of left / right does not pertain. There is the left . . . there is the right . . . and then there are extremists.


Terry Ross 22.03.2014 11:19

Dmitrii 20.03.2014 22:44

Not really well I know English, I read by means of the dictionary :) I ask to excuse for spelling errors, but some comments me very much revolt


Your ideas have been expressed more clearly than many who ARE English speaking. Yes, some people seem to have a 1950's view of Russia and this is mainly the fault of the western media.

I get CNN but I never bother to watch it as there is very little news and LOADS of commentary. I don't want to be told what to think. Just give me the facts, ALL of them.


paradox 21.03.2014 04:16

Looks like Ukrainians now have a very angry set of people ruling them. History is witness that a country ruled by angry people is destined to fell, and fell very hard. Ukrainians you are good people with great history, get rid of those thugs and the sooner the better.

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