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Ukraine: Tetiana Chornovol

Episode 5 of 5

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 21 February 2014

Lucy Ash profiles five people who are making waves across Europe, with individual stories which expose the continent's cultural, political and economic faultlines.

Tetiana Chornovol, a Ukrainian opposition journalist, was brutally attacked after her car was forced off the side of the road on Christmas Day. The beating took place just hours after the publication of an article she wrote on the assets of top government officials. Chornovol believes she was targeted for exposing government corruption and for writing about two of the lavish residences she claims belong to President Viktor Yanukovych. She had played a leading role in the ongoing pro-EU protests in Maidan Square, climbing on trucks and urging crowds to occupy the city council building in Kiev. Her critics claim she is more an activist with ties to nationalist parties than an objective observer of the Ukrainian political scene. Lucy Ash talks to her while she recovers from her injuries and finds out what she is planning to do next.

Producer: Mark Savage.


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