The death of Vadym Komarov, a 58-year-old who focused on corruption, comes against backdrop of rising attacks on media.
by Fabrice Deprez
Cherkasy, Ukraine – On May 4, Vadym Komarov, a 58-year-old journalist in the central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy, left his house on foot – he didn’t like to use his car.
Komarov quickly reached the central Heavenly Hundred street, renamed in 2015 after more than 100 Ukrainians were shot dead by security forces during the 2014 Maidan revolution.
At around 9am, a tall man wearing a baseball cap and a black jacket jumped him, beat him with a blunt object and left him for dead.
Komarov was in a medically induced coma for over a month. He died on June 20.
An investigative reporter who uncovered corruption, Komarov’s death has highlighted the vulnerability of activists and journalists trying to hold authorities accountable in the country’s regions, away from the media spotlight in the capital Kyiv.