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Producer of Russian TV show vanishes in Ukraine as ‘saboteurs posing as journalists’ detained
RT ^ | 4-24-2014 | RT

Posted on 04/24/2014 10:01:09 AM PDT by tcrlaf

A producer for a popular program on Russia’s NTV channel has disappeared in eastern Ukraine where he came to film a report unrelated to the country’s political situation.

Belarusian citizen Stepan Chirchich, a producer for the weekly program Central Television, went to the city of Pershotravinsk in the Dnepropetrovsk region to make a report about the visit of a well-known exorcist, Pastor Bob Larson, who’s there as part of his world tour.

“We lost contact with [Chirchich] on Tuesday evening,” Vadim Takmenyov, the program’s host, told RT. He said that at the beginning they did not ring the alarm, but now he has been missing for over two days the channel is doing everything possible to find the producer.

Chirchich has been working for the program for several years.

“We sent him to Ukraine – a producer, not a correspondent – because he is the only Central Television employee who has a Belarusian passport, using which one can cross the [Russian-Ukrainian] border without any problems and do his professional activities,” Takmenyov said.

Takmenyov underlined that political events in the crisis-torn country were completely unrelated to that particular trip.

A cameraman who was working with the missing NTV producer was a Ukrainian citizen from Lugansk, in eastern Ukraine. There is no connection with him either and his relatives as well as employees have no idea what happened to him, the NTV journalist said.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: civilwar; journalists; russia; ukraine
This may be connected to the "two sabatours" detained by the Ukrainians from this morning.

Also, per Twitter, the Vice News guy has been released, and is returning to Donetsk.

1 posted on 04/24/2014 10:01:09 AM PDT by tcrlaf
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"...went to the city of Pershotravinsk in the Dnepropetrovsk"

They probably can't say Tallahatchie, Mississippi

2 posted on 04/24/2014 10:50:31 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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