Dmytro Sherem­bei

Kyiv Post - - Opinion - – Oleg Sukhov

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.

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