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Saldo: Ukraine’s gangster governor – part 3 – podcast | News

Saldo: Ukraine’s gangster governor – part 3 – podcast | News

[ad_1] The announcement came as a surprise. Eight months after Russian troops had taken Kherson, a Russian general popped up on state TV, standing in front of a map and declared his forces were withdrawing from the city. As investigations correspondent Tom Burgis tells Michael Safi, just like that, the tens of thousands of Russian soldiers who had been occupying the city were gone – and with them the regional governor for the occupation, Volodymyr Saldo. But they had not gone far. While Kherson city began to operate more freely, albeit under regular mortar fire from the Russians, on the opposite bank of the Dnipro River, the occupation continued. That means a culture of Stalinist-style repression, torture chambers, extortion and intimidation. It continues today and for those who know which levers to pull, it can be very, very lucrative. Photograph: Valeriy Sharifulin/AP Support The Guardian The Guardian is editorially independent. And we want to keep our journalism open and accessible to all. But we increasingly need our readers to fund our work. Support The Guardian …

Saldo: Ukraine’s gangster governor – part 2 – podcast | News

Saldo: Ukraine’s gangster governor – part 2 – podcast | News

[ad_1] Two years ago this week, Europe and the world changed. After months of military buildup on Ukraine’s borders, Vladimir Putin went on TV and announced Russian forces were going in. As the Guardian’s investigations correspondent Tom Burgis tells Michael Safi, in those first, chaotic hours and days, Moscow’s forces overran Ukrainian towns and cities. In these places, mayors suddenly lost authority, the police were no longer sure whose laws they were enforcing, and even which money to use became unclear. One of these places was the region of Kherson. It would have implications for the more than 1 million Ukrainians living there. And for one of those people, Vladimir Saldo, who had been cast out of national politics and who was suspected by the police of involvement in a contract killing, it would change everything. Photograph: Grigory Sysoyev/AP Support The Guardian The Guardian is editorially independent. And we want to keep our journalism open and accessible to all. But we increasingly need our readers to fund our work. Support The Guardian [ad_2] Source link