Semena Mykola

Born in 1950 in the village of Voronky, Bobrovytsia district, Chernihiv region. Publicist, correspondent at Svoboda Radio (“Crimea. Realias”), author of several books, including the twice published “Mustafa Dzhemilev: Man Who Overpowered Stalinism” (ukr. «Мустафа Джемілєв: людина, яка перемогла сталінізм» (2010)), as well as of the series of analytical articles for the leading Ukrainian newspapers (“Den”, “Dzerkalo Tyzhnia”) and magazines (“Suchasnist”, “Ukrainsky Zhurnal”).

Since 1982, has been working as a journalist in Crimea, initiated the creation of the first Ukrainian-language newspaper on the peninsula “Krymska Svitlytsia” (1993), and headed it as a deputy editor-in-chief. Awarded the honorary title “Merited Journalist of Ukraine” (2009), a diploma of the Supreme Council of Ukraine “For Social Activism” (2010), and a medal “25 Years of Independence of Ukraine” (2016).

Since April 2016, has been under investigation — Russian occupation authorities are incriminating him “calls for the violation of the territorial integrity [sic!] of the Russian Federation”.