Writers at Risk Database

Pavel Sheremet

An internationally lauded journalist and opinion writer, Sheremet was killed in a car bomb explosion in Kyiv in April 2016. He was a longtime critic of Belarus President Aleksander… More

Writers at Risk Database

Stanislav Aseyev

Ukrainian writer Aseyev was kidnapped by pro-Russian militants in June 2017 and forced to confess to “spying.” For 3 years, he had published reports on life under Russian occupation… More

Writers at Risk Database

Oleh Halaziuk

Radio Free Europe columnist Halaziuk was detained by Russian-backed separatists from August 2017 through December 2019. Since the outbreak of conflict in Ukraine, he had covered everyday living conditions… More

Mykola Semena

Police arrested opinion writer and reporter Semana 7 months after he wrote an article in 2015 denouncing Russia’s annexation of Crimea. On conditional release post-arrest, he received a 2… More

Mykola Semena

Mykola Semena | Status: Released | Ukraine

Mykola Semena was convicted under the “separatist” Article 280.1 of the Russian Criminal Code, for publicly denouncing the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea. He was handed a 2-year suspended sentence.… More

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Pavel Sheremet | Status: Murdered | Ukraine

Pavel Sheremet, a Belarusian-born Russian journalist who worked in Belarus and Ukraine, died in a car explosion in Kyiv on July 20, 2016. The Ukraine Prosecutor’s Office said the… More

Stanislav Aseyev

Stanislav Aseyev | Status: Released | Ukraine

Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseyev, who writes under the pen name Vasin, was captured by Russian-supported rebels on June 2, 2017. Aseyev was based in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk and… More

Oleh Halaziuk | Status: Released | Ukraine

Oleh Halaziuk, a columnist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), has been detained since August 2017 by Russian-supported rebels in the Donetsk region of Eastern Ukraine.  More

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Writers Freed As Part of Ukraine Prisoner Swap

PEN America said it was immensely relieved that two journalists, Stanislav Aseyev and Oleh Halaziuk, were freed as part of a broader prisoner exchange in Ukraine on Sunday. More

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