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No info on fate of journalist Kochneva – Ukrainian FM

March 13, 2013, 12:41 UTC+3

Anhar Kochneva was held by Syrian rebels and on March 11 succeeded in getting out of prison

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KIEV, March 13 (Itar-Tass) – Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has no information on the fate of journalist Anhar Kochneva, who was being held by Syrian rebels and who succeeded in “walking out and leaving”, a Ukrainian diplomat told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

Answering a question if Kochneva arrived at the Ukrainian Embassy in Damascus, the diplomat replied that the ministry “has no information to this effect”.

Kochneva was abducted by Syrian militants on October 2012. Abductors threatened to dispose of her if the 50 million dollar ransom was not paid. Early in the year rebels told Kochneva’s relatives that they were ready to reduce the ransom to 300,000 U.S. dollars.

On January 31, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara told journalists that it had given the EU an application to contribute to releasing Kochneva. The EU pledged to take part in settling the situation. On March 11 Kochneva got out of prison.


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