5 June 2014
Ruslan Yugosh, one of the founders of the portal “Sobytiya Kryma”, stated about attempts of pressure on him as a journalist by the Crimean police.
As he noted, they started pressuring him by calling his 73-year-old mother in for questioning: “I can’t say that deep inside I wasn’t ready for attempts of “having influence” on me. But I never thought it would be by such an unnatural way. Having found that I don’t live in Crimea at the moment, police officers for some purpose decided to call in for questioning my 73-year-old mother – an elderly and ill person with hypertension. First they broke into the place where she lived and the next day they called her to witness at the far end of the city. And there were no official documents for that,” he wrote on Facebook.
According to the journalist, there is no use from such action at all, because he hasn’t lived with his mother since he was 16 and she doesn’t have a clue as to his activity. “She’s got a very superficial understanding of my work, and she can hardly explain what the Internet is, since it is something exotic for her, because she has never seen it. That’s why it is absurd to try to fish out from her why I write some bad things (none of which was shown to her, as well as no evidence of my authorship of those “bad things” was provided) at some site (the name of which she couldn’t even remember),” Yugosh writes.
As it became clear after the “interrogation”, the Anti-Cybercrime Department that called the woman in for the conversation was not actually intending to obtain information from her (except for the “million dollar question” on whether the journalist has children). There were also no clear charges made. Instead of this, there was an attempt of psychological intimidation, because during the conversation they constantly repeated that the journalist is spreading information defaming Crimea (in particular, information on increasing consumer prices). And policemen preferred to tell that not to the journalist himself, but to his elderly mother, although they knew his telephone number.
The main message of the conversation was that the journalist had to stop his activity or there would be “bad consequences”. ‘So they just decided to deliver a psychological strike upon my relatives, and through them – upon me. With this purpose they intimidated the ill woman with a possibility of “bad consequences” and they also said that if I didn’t come to my senses I would be handed over to the Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB),” the journalist said.
Translated by Aleksandra Kalach, edited by Alya Shandra
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