Ukrainian anti-corruption campaigner dies from acid attack

Ukraine’s anti-corruption activist Kateryna Gandzyuk, who was attacked with acid in summer 2018, has passed away in hospital, in another example of the dangers faced by civil society activists in the country.

French news agency AFP reported on Sunday, November 4, that Gandzyuk, 33, who worked as an adviser to the mayor of Ukraine’s southern city Kherson, suffered burns on 30% of her body on July 31 when a man poured about a litre of acid over her and ran away.

Gandzyuk was a loud critic of corrupt practices in Ukrainian law enforcement agencies, especially the police and regret about her death has been expressed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Johannes Hahn, the EU commissioner responsible for bloc enlargement negotiations.

AFP reports that over the recent years Ukraine has seen an increase in attacks on anti-corruption activists and campaigners with journalist Pavel Sheremet killed by a car bomb in 2016 and the human rights activist Iryna Nozdrovska having been stabbed in 2017.

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