Ukraine Seize my Mobile Phone Records

Graham Phillips

screenshot-926What happens in most European countries when the government doesn’t like the work of a journalist? Not that much. What happens in Ukraine? Well I’ve been arrested and detained, deported twice, banned for three years (though I’m now told life).

And now, though I’ve been back in the UK for a month, Ukrainian authorities have been busy in my absence. I learned today, that they’ve obtained the right to all of my mobile phone records, since the 1st April 2014. I learned this, incidentally, via Ukrainian media. No one once notified, or even tried to notify me of this.

You can read the full court report here. 

Their action actually comes when I’ve been back in London for a month doing a lot of work on the case of Barry Pring, with my report into his murder
contributing to the coroner arriving at a verdict of ‘unlawful killing’, with his Barry Pringwife, Anna Ziuzina (from Kiev) the de facto prime suspect.

It’s interesting that a country with aspirations to be in Europe, can act this way.
Be sure, because the west wants to support Ukraine, there will be little or no coverage in western media. Imagine if it were Russia – seizing the phone records of an independent journalist…

Also, I note that in the 9 years they’ve had, the Ukrainian police have done nothing meaningful about solving the murder of Barry Pring, when there was only ever one prime suspect. It’s been 9 years of moving papers around, changing investigators, total inaction.

But, when it comes to seizing the phone records of an independent journalist, it turns out Ukraine can act pretty quickly! And while I’m not worried about what information they can access, I have no secrets, it certainly reveals a lot about Ukraine.

The Murder of Barry Pring – an Inquest, a Result, and On…

Graham Phillips

I started work on the case of the murder of Barry Pring when I lived in Kiev, back in 2012. I worked on it at the end of 2012, start of 2013, and issued a book at the start of 2013, which culminated in a full investigation into the case of Barry Pring, my having uncovered irrefutable evidence of the guilt of his Ukrainian wife, Anna Ziuzina.

The book was immediately withdrawn from sale after a writ from Anna Ziuzina’s lawyers claiming libel. However, I expanded the  50-page report on Barry Pring’s barrymurder to 58 pages, submitted it to the police, and the coroner’s office in Exeter. This helped push proceedings from a situation where in 2012 an inquest had seemed unlikely due to lack of evidence, to 2017 where, on January 24th, an inquest took place in Exeter, Devon.

That inquest delivered a verdict of unlawful death, and more, the coroner, Dr Elizabeth Earland, stated that Barry had been ‘tricked’ into standing by the side of the road, on which an oncoming car hit him, at high speed, killing him instantly, on February 16th. The only person who could have tricked Barry, was the person who put him there, his wife, Anna Ziuzina. Dr Earland cited my work stripper2in particular in her closing remarks.

The case has now received mass media attention throughout the world. I am continuing work on this, and working to make a documentary about it, and will also be revisiting my book. I’ll be releasing a longer, improved section prior to the investigation into the murder under the title ‘My life in Ukraine, before the war‘, and an updated, improved account of the Barry Pring murder under the title ‘The Murder of Barry Pring‘.