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The Wrong Place

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The Wrong Place
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  • Olha Tokariuk
  • Cristiano Tinazzi
  • Danilo Elia
Produced byOlha Tokariuk
Edited byRuben Lagattolla
Distributed byMarche Music College
Running time
34 minutes (short ver.)
CountryUkraine, Italy

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The Wrong Place (Ukrainian: Не в тому місці, не в той час, also known as Справа Марківа to the general public) is a 2020 Ukrainian-Italian investigative documentary directed by Olha Tokariuk, Cristiano Tinazzi, Danilo Elia and Ruben Lagattolla on the death of two journalists, Andrea Rocchelli and Andrei Mironov, who were killed in Donbas, Eastern Ukraine on 24 May 2014. The documentary intends to shed light on the true circumstances that led to the death of the journalists and to the incarceration of Vitalii Markiv, a Ukrainian soldier with Italian citizenship who was convicted of their murders and sentenced to 24 years in prison.

The title[edit]

As the creators explain, in war, reporters and journalists, especially freelancers, too often put their lives at risk to make and sell their stories. Sometimes, they're in the wrong place at the wrong time and end up paying with their lives.

Investigation and trial[edit]

Markiv was accused of killing Rocchelli near the city of Sloviansk, Donetsk region, in May 2014 and was arrested during his trip to Italy on 30 June 2017.

Angelo Napolitano, Chief of the Penitentiary Police, reported that Markiv was planning to escape from prison so he had been transferred to Opera prison.

After the court hearing on 8 February 2019, the interpreter, a Ukrainian woman, renounced the translation assignment. Markiv's attorney requested the cancellation of all work done by her during the trial. A year later, a witness declared that she became aware of the real reasons behind the translator's abandonment of the job, declaring that the latter had been threatened through a telephone call by an unknown person.

On 12 July 2019, a court in the Italian city of Pavia, based on unclear evidence, sentenced Markiv to 24 years in prison for murdering Andrea Rocchelli in the Donbas region in 2014.

Raffaele Della Valle, the lawyer of Markiv, had claimed his innocence and declared that he was going to appeal the tribunal sentence.

On November 3, 2020, the Milan Court of Appeal overturned the sentence of Pavia Court and acquitted Vitalii Markiv of all charges, «for not having committed the fact». The following day Markiv returned to Ukraine.

On 16 February 2021, the Attorney General's Office of Milan stated the second-degree acquittal of Vitalii Markiv.

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