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Ukraine 'swap' for Russian journalist: reports unconfirmed, says media union

August 19, 2014, 15:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Reports have said Stenin may have been detained by Ukrainian law-enforcement bodies

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Andrei Stenin

Andrei Stenin

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MOSCOW, August 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's Union of Journalists said on Tuesday it had no official confirmation that Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin, missing in Ukraine since August 5, might be exchanged for another person.

"There is no confirmation of a possible exchange amidst controversial reports," union secretary Timur Shafir told ITAR-TASS.

Earlier reports have quoted Stenin's colleagues as suggesting he might be exchanged for what was described as a well-known individual. Journalists' union chairman Vsevolod Bogdanov, citing unnamed sources, told Russian News Service that Kiev, Ukraine's capital, "had suggested negotiations."

Bogdanov did not identify the negotiators, saying the union was trying to talk with "key people on whom the situation depends".

Reports have said Stenin may have been detained by Ukrainian law-enforcement bodies. On August 16, Ukrainian police put him on the missing persons list.

Union secretary Shafir, heading the body's international department, said it would continue to handle the issue together with international bodies in the joint campaign for Stenin's early release.

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