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Ukraine strips top political talk show host of work permit

Journalist and anchorman Savik Shuster talks to the media in Kiev on April 26, 2016Ukraine’s most prominent political talk show host was stripped of his work permit on Tuesday in what he described as a politically-charged case. The incident created an instant political uproar in Kiev that eventually forced Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to step in and defend his record on media rights. Savik Shuster — a 63-year-old Canadian citizen who was born in the Soviet Union and had previously worked for the US-funded Radio Liberty station — accused Kiev’s pro-Western leaders of being thin-skinned and unwilling to support free speech.

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