Adviser to the head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration, a member of Lysychansk city council (Solidarity faction) Vitalii Shvedov wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.
"A pro-Ukrainian public figure, a deputy of the Severodonetsk city council, an adviser to the mayor of Severodonetsk, Serhii Samarskyi was murdered on his way home last night. ... Serhii waged his lifelong battle against lawlessness and members of the Party of Regions. I have no doubt that this was a contract killing. It's a matter of principle to find the perpetrators and punish those guilty. Not some scapegoats but the actual perpetrators and, most importantly, the masterminds," Shvedov said.
Luhansk Regional State Administration Head Yurii Harbuz later also confirmed this information and expressed his condolences to friends and relatives of the deceased.
Anticorruption crusader Samarskyi headed Petro Poroshenko Bloc (PPB) faction in the Severodonetsk city council. He ran Prav-Da newspaper and prav-da.com.ua news website. The official spoke against the unlawful actions of the Opposition bloc (formerly Party of Regions) members in Severodonetsk. Serhii's recent reports covered the actions of Ihor Butkov, a member of the Opposition bloc faction in Severodonetsk city council, responsible for blocking the council sessions. Butkov have also made several attempts to remove Severodonetsk mayor from his post. He is said to be currently collecting signatures to oust the mayor.