Dmytro Sherembei, head of the All-Ukrainian Network of People Who Live with HIV/ AIDS, on Oct. 11 became the latest anti-corruption activist to come under pressure from law enforcement agencies.
Police, prosecutors and the Security Service of Ukraine raided the All-Ukrainian Network of People Who Live with HIV/ AIDS and the Patients of Ukraine, another healthcare advocacy group. The groups are accused of embezzling foreign grant money and using it to fund Russian-separatist forces.
Sherembei and the Patients of Ukraine see it as a fabricated case used by the authorities to take revenge on them for their anti-graft efforts in health care. They have pushed for government drug purchases to be transferred to international organizations.
The case appears to be the latest attempt by the government to put pressure on civil society, the opposition and independent media.
On Oct. 10, the police searched Hromadske television to find video footage of the crossing of the border by ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and his ally David Sakvarelidze. Sakvarelidze and four other Saakashvili supporters have been charged in criminal cases related to what the government deems to be an illegal border crossing.
Meanwhile, Mykolayiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevich from the Samopomich party was forced out of office on Oct. 5 by an alliance of the Poroshenko Bloc and the Opposition Bloc in the city council.