Romanenko’s March 4 letter, which he posted on his Facebook page, has already earned him two interrogations by prosecutors, who are mulling pressing extremism charges against him. The door of his apartment has been daubed with a swastika and leaflets have been stuffed in his neighbors’ letterboxes branding him a “scum” and a “Ukrainian Jew.” Now, the medical charity that he runs is under threat. On April 4, exactly one month after Romanenko penned his ill-fated letter, inspectors launched a spot check on the group, saying they suspected it of embezzlement and money laundering. “We undergo mandatory audits and we’ve never received any complaints,” he told RFE/RL. “I believe these actions aim to damage the group’s reputation, because people think that if it’s being inspected then there must be grounds for suspicion.”
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