Years: 1969 - 2000
Ukrainian journalist of Georgian origin who was kidnapped and murdered in 2000. He was educated at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. He became a successful journalist, first in Georgia (where he reported on the conflict in Abkhazia) and then in Ukraine. He worked for the Kiev-based radio station Kontynent, on which he had his own show called First round with Heorhiy Gongadze. In April 2000, Gongadze co-founded a news website, Ukrayinska Pravda (Ukrainian Truth), as a means of sidestepping the government's increasing influence over the mainstream media. The website specialized in political news and commentary, focusing particularly on President Kuchma, the country's wealthy "oligarchs" and the official media. He was awarded the title Hero of Ukraine on 23 August 2005.
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