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Bessarabian journalist Natalia Morar, in house arrest for ten days

de A.C.     HotNews.ro
Joi, 16 aprilie 2009, 12:41 English | Regional Europe

Moldovan prosecutors instrumented a penal file against journalist Natalia Morar, accused of usurping state power, mass disorder and active disobedience. Morar is currently in house arrest for ten days, Radio Free Europe informs, quoted by Romanian news agency Mediafax.

Journalist Natalia Morar presented her testimony to Moldovan prosecutors and is currently in house arrest, Moldovan general prosecutor Valeriu Gurbulea declared, quoted by Itar Tass agency in its electronic edition. Morar was accused of organizing the protests of April 6/7 that lead to the violent attacks of the Parliament and the Presidency headquarters.

In an interview for the daily British The Guardian, Morar claimed that she was not afraid of being arrested. She declared that she did not sleep for two days and that she moved from one place to the other in an attempt to escape the police. She added that the police entered without a warrant in her house . Natalia Morar declared that she did not use the phone or internet for two days to avoid being caught.

Russian political scientist Stanislav Belkovski and president of the National Strategy Institute, declared last week that after the outbreak of the protests in Chisinau, the protesters do not have a main initiator. He declared that, informally, Natalia Morar has lead the manifestation while the rest of the protesters are lead by an unsatisfied opposition.

Natalia Morar, aged 25, worked at the radical anti-Kremlin daily The New Times. Moldovan citizen, Morar was expelled from Russia by the end of 2007 after she wrote a series of articles accusing high Kremlin officials. She was living in Russia for six years, married with Ilya Barabanov, Russian citizen and journalist at the same newspaper.

In February 2008, when she attempted to enter Russia, together with her husband she was retained on the Moscow international airport and not allowed to enter the country. 
























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