During the Voting day in Oleksandriia, the city Mayor Stepan Tsapiuk was recorded on video by a local journalist. The reaction of the official on video recording was quite agressive

Stepan Tsepaniuk hit journalist in the camera for the first time saying "Are you not tired of recording me?" The journalist tried to explain his right as a journalist and the citizen. Few minutes later, the Mayor of Oleksandriia hit the camera for the second time.


Nadiia Domash
Press-secretary of the Civil Network OPORA
in Kirovohrad oblast
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Yevhenii Patrul
Electoral programs coordinator of the Civil Network OPORA
in Kirovohrad oblast
099 44 13 777

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