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RFERL-LogoOutstanding investigative multimedia news reporting from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) got picked up by USA Today.

The newspaper’s website posted a report by RFE/RL’s Claire Bigg, “In eastern Ukraine, torture is new weapon,” RFE/RL – USA TODAY, May 17, 2014.


USA TODAY wrote under the RFE/RL report that “Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty is a USA TODAY content partner providing general news and coverage from around the world. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY.”

This is indeed an outstanding news report from RFE/RL. We congratulate Claire Bigg and other RFE/RL journalists who produced it.

Here is a video from the same report on the RFE/RL website and a link to the original RFE/RL report:

In Eastern Ukraine, Torture Is New Weapon, Claire Bigg, RFE/RL, May 16, 2014

When he ripped down a separatist flag from the main government building in Novohradovka, his hometown in eastern Ukraine, Oleksandr Hurov knew he was in for trouble.

Retaliation was quick, and ruthless.

Two weeks later, the 36-year-old coalminer lies in a Kyiv hospital with a fractured jaw, a broken nose, a lacerated arm, and cracked ribs.