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Journalist targeted for probing defense graft as police nab 5 suspects in attempted home invasion

The police claim to have identified five men who broke into Nikolov's apartment
The police claim to have identified five men who broke into Nikolov's apartment

The police have identified five men who broke into the apartment of Yuriy Nikolov, a journalist with the Nashi Hroshi project, the Kyiv police reported on Facebook on Jan. 21.

Residents of Kyiv, Zhytomyr, and Cherkasy oblasts are involved in the crime, according to the investigation. Law enforcement officers conducted searches at the suspects' residences, and investigative actions are ongoing.

The police noted that on Jan. 14, the men arrived in Kyiv and visited the apartment where Nikolov lives. They stuck leaflets on his door and demanded that he come outside. The perpetrators recorded their actions on their cell phones.

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Law enforcement officers identified the perpetrators and conducted a "series of investigative actions" on Jan. 20. The police also seized material evidence, including computer equipment and the cell phones used by the men to film the offense.

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"As part of the pre-trial investigation, law enforcement officers are carrying out a set of investigative and operational measures to conduct a comprehensive and impartial investigation," Kyiv police said.

The Darnytska District Prosecutor's Office in Kyiv earlier opened a case of obstruction of journalist Yuriy Nikolov's work.

Unidentified suspects attempted to break into the apartment of journalist Yuriy Nikolov in Kyiv on Jan. 15. Nikolov is the author of a high-profile investigation into inflated food prices for the Defense Ministry, which led to the resignation of its head, Oleksii Reznikov, and the passage of a bill in the Verkhovna Rada regarding the creation of a transparent defense procurement system.

According to Nikolov, he was visiting a friend at the time of the attempted break-in, but his mother was at home.

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