Russians Tortured and Executed Photojournalist Levin – Reporters Without Borders

Russian military armies deliberately executed Ukrainian photojournalist Max Levin and his friend Aleksey Chernyshov near Kyiv.

This is stated in investigation human rights organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Ukrinform reports.

Investigation by the human rights organization Reporters Without Borders / Photo: Patrick Chauvel/RSF

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is releasing a document with information and evidence showing that Levin and his friend and bodyguard (Chernyshov – ed.) were executed by Russian soldiers in a forest near Kyiv on March 13, probably after interrogations and even torture. , the message says.

According to two investigators who visited Ukraine between May 24 and June 3 to investigate the death of a photojournalist, Levin and Chernyshov were murdered in cold blood.

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It is noted that at the scene, RSF investigators found several bullets, as well as Chernyshov’s identity documents and 14 bullet holes in his car. In addition, traces of the presence of the Russian military were found nearby.

As reported, photojournalist Max Levin covered the Russian-Ukrainian war in 2022. In the first five days of the Russian Federation’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, he released photo reports from at least seven hot spots in different parts of the country: from Kharkov to Vasilkov and several settlements on the Irpin and Zhytomyr directions.

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Contact with Levin was lost on March 13, when he left for the village of Guta-Mezhigorska in the Vyshgorod district of the Kyiv region to document the consequences of Russian aggression.

On April 1, after a long search, the police found the body of a photojournalist with gunshot wounds. According to prosecutors, Levin was killed by members of the Russian armed forces with two shots from small arms.

For personal courage and selfless actions shown during the coverage of Russia’s aggression, on April 3, Levin was posthumously awarded the Order “For Courage” III degree.

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