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Deputy Head of Security Service of Ukraine has filed some16 claims against the press and activists

On April 3, 2017 deputy head of Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) Pavlo Demchyna brought 16 claims against journalists and activists before the court for the protection of honour and dignity, or correction of information.

Such information can be found on the website “Sudova Vlada” (“Judicial authority”).

There have been 11 claims for the protection of honour and dignity and 5 cases on the disproving of false information and its refutation in a separate proceeding.

These 5 cases are being reviewed by Pinkevych N.S, judge of Kyievo-Svyatoshynskiy District Court of Kyiv Region.

All 5 claims were brought before the court on April 18th 2017 and they became the matter of the same judge. According to the report on automatic distribution of cases among the judges, the system could choose only one judge – Pinkevych, as other judges are removed from the list because of different reasons.

Before Shevchenkivskyi district court of Kyiv Demchyna brought 5 claims against MP Sergiy Leshchenko, television channels “ZIK” and “112”, journalist Dmytro Gnap, NGO “Investigation. Info” (“Slidstvo.Info”), public joint-stock company “National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine”, NGO “Hromadske TV” and private joint-stock company “Television and Radio Company LUX”.

Three claims of those 5 were rejected by the courts as such that did not comply with the requirements of the Civil Procedure Code (CPC) of Ukraine.

There are three claims by Demchyna against Vitaliy Shabunin, Vitaliy Kasko, and Internet news publishing site “Golos.UA” in the proceedings of Pecherskyi Distict Court in Kyiv.

Two more claims of Demchyna against MP Sergiy Leshchenko are being reviewed in Podilskiy District Court of Kyiv.

On March 2017, as is well known, journalists made public the information about the first Deputy Head of Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) Pavlo Demchyna.

On August 23, 2017 Pavlo Demchyna, first Deputy Head of the SSU – chief of the SSU Main Directorate on Fight against Corruption and Organized Crime of the Central Department of the SSU, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-general by Decree of the President.

As it became recently revealed, Demchyna also filed a claim against the magazine “Novoe Vremya”. Demchyna’s attorney had spreviously sent to their editorial office two messages.

“In one of the messages he demanded refutation of the published information concerning his involvement in creation of monopolies of companies associated with Viktor Medvedchuk on the condensed gas market”, – they say in a publishing house.

The second claim was against Shabunin who had reported anti-corruption activists being pressured by the SSU.