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 Bug Found in Apartment of Journalist Who Wrote Investigations About Azarov and Yanukovych. PHOTO

A device for secretly recording information was discovered in the private apartment of Express newspaper investigation department journalist Taras Zozulinskyy.

It was sewn in the clothes and was found by accident, the Express reports.

Zozulinsky is convinced that a secret entry into his apartment and installation of equipment for secretly recording information is directly related to his professional activities, including the preparation for publication of series of investigations.

Zozulinsky is the author of several investigations, published in the Express in December, about the involvement of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov's family in acquiring assets on the Crimean coast, construction around the President's Magarach residence, abuse of citizens funds by a police owned company.

A qualified expert who conducted an inspection of the device confirmed that this device is for secretly recording information of very high quality with an independent power source, the newspaper writes.

On these grounds, Zozulinsky and Express newspaper filed relevant applications and reported the crime to the Galytskyy police department in Lviv region, police HQ in Lviv oblast, Lviv oblast prosecutor's office and the Office of Security Service in Lviv oblast.

After a while Zozulinsky said he received a phone call from an investigator of Galytskyy police department who said that a task force is headed for the journalist's apartment to conduct a search. Replying to whether these actions are sanctioned by the court, the police officer said that "we will try to get them but if we do not we will still conduct the search. The investigator said that journalists and any "unauthorized" persons will not be allowed to be present during the search.

Journalist suggests that the strange activity of the police on Christmas Eve can be linked to a desire to remove other devices for secretly recording information, which may be in the apartment to cover their tracks and to do so without any witnesses.

A group of journalists of the Express and cameramen headed for Zozulinskyy's apartment.

Later the newspaper reported that the task force of law enforcement officers abandoned the idea to conduct a search without a court sanction. At the same time, they proposed the journalists to come to the local police station for questioning on Monday at 9:00 am. Zozulinskyy said that he will go to the police.

 
 
 
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