The hue and cry over Kashoggi, with major EU nations overtly aghast at his murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and even cutting off arms sales reminds us of the martyred journalist Sergei Dolgov who was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by the new regime in the summer of 2014. No nation changed its policies over his death then, or even noticed it. We try to make up for that now.
First, on July 21, 2014, three days after his disappearance, the SBU chief in Mariupol gave out that Sergei Dolgov, editor-in-chief of the journal Missing the USSR had been arrested by the National Guard.
Starting in the early 90s, Sergei Dolgov of Mariupol published the newspapers Vestnik Priazovya, Evening Mariupol, and finally the weekly Missing the USSR. Dolgov was appalled at the ideas of Euromaidan and the February 2014 coup d’état in Ukraine. In the pages of his press Missing the USSR, he openly and plainly took an unambiguous position against the new Kiev authorities.
After his disappearance Amnesty International for Eastern Europe and Central Asia had the headline
The Security Service of Ukraine has informed Amnesty International that the authorities have no information about an arrest of Sergei Dolgov. This suggests that he was subjected to enforced disappearance. To take part in the urgent aid action, print out the appeal we have prepared and send it to the address indicated in the text. If you have answered, email us s at [email protected]! Tell your friends about your participation in #Asp. Twitter
Their information sheet and request for supporting letters ran:
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has reported to Amnesty International that according to their latest data, in the Unified Registry of Pre-Trial Investigations in Ukraine, “there is no information either about the detention of Sergei Dolgov by the investigating authorities of Ukraine, nor about a criminal investigation or preventive legal measures taken against him.”
The head of the SBU in Mariupol on June 21 told reporters that Sergei Dolgov was arrested by the National Guard of Ukraine and is being held in custody in the city of Zaporozhye. After the announcement of his arrest by the National Guard no official explanation regarding the future fate and whereabouts of Sergei Dolgov was ever published. The authorities refused to give his wife any information about him.
In letters sent in response to appeals from our supporters within the framework of the TSA, the SBU added that information about Sergey Dolgov was “registered by the Interdepartmental Center to assist citizens in the release of prisoners, hostages and search for missing persons”, which contains lists of missing persons, drawn up by both the authorities of Ukraine and the actual authorities of the separatist-controlled regions of Donbass in the east of Ukraine, which are used to exchange prisoners.
In connection with the above:
– I express my concern that Sergey Dolgov could have been subjected to enforced disappearance, and demand that the authorities immediately establish his whereabouts and fate, as well as inform their family of them;
– If he is in detention, I demand that he be charged with an internationally recognized criminal offense; otherwise, I demand his immediate release;
“If he is imprisoned, I urge the authorities to ensure that he has immediate access to any medical care he may need.”
Amnesty International Signature:
Ukraina.ru published this short account on July 13, 2014:
“Mariupol journalist Sergei Dolgov has been brutally murdered
It has become known about the death of Sergei Dolgov, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Missing the USSR, who was captured on June 18
This was announced by the Co-Chairman of the Popular Front of New Russia Konstantin Dolgov.
“Sergei was kidnapped in Mariupol in mid-June and taken away in an unknown direction. Later it turned out that he was taken to Dnepropetrovsk and tortured there. The punishers from the Dnepr-1 battalion, which is financed by the oligarch Kolomoisky, were responsible,” writes Konstantin Dolgov.
“The interrogation ended with the death of the journalist, and his body was taken to one of the forest-park zones near Dnipropetrovsk.
“During the fighting in the South-East of Ukraine, six journalists have already been killed, including four Russians.”
The facts speak rather plainly about the nature of the now four-year-old regime in Kiev. Fascists in Mussolini’s Italy were told from the top to “make life difficult for [name]” with the result that [name] was kidnapped and beaten up, sometimes to death. Opposition journalists in Ukraine risk suffering the same fate, the fate of Sergei Dolgov.
I close with a quotation from Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman:
” So attention must be paid. He’s not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person.”
Sergei Dolgov matters. Attention must be paid.