Documentary photographer and photojournalist Maks Levin found dead in Kyiv region

ByDavid M. Conte

Apr 2, 2022

Police found Ukrainian photojournalist and documentary photographer Maks Levin dead near the village of Huta Mezhyhirska in the Kyiv region. He left behind four minor sons, a wife and elderly parents.

“On April 1, after a long search in the area of ​​the village of Huta Mezhyhirska in the Kyiv region, the police found photojournalist, documentary photographer Maks Levin dead. Maks, accompanied by Oleksiy Chernyshov, military and former photographer, s traveled to Huta Mezhyhirska on March 13 to document the aftermath of the Russian aggression. They left a car and drove to the village of Moshchun. Since then, the connection with the two men was lost. Later, it was learned that intense fighting broke out in the area where Maks was going to work. The whereabouts and fate of Oleksiy Chernyshov have not yet been established,” LB.ua Ukrainian media reports, which Levin worked for over 10 years.

According to preliminary information released by the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office, an unarmed Levin was killed with two small arms shots by servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces.

The case for violation of the laws and customs of war (Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine) was opened. The preliminary investigation is underway, steps are being taken to establish all the circumstances of the crime.

Maks Levin was born on July 7, 1981 in the kyiv region. For more than 10 years he worked in the editorial staff of LB.ua, also contributed for Reuters, BBC, TRT World, Associated Press, Hromadske. His photos have been published by the Wall Street Journal, TIME, Breaking news Poland, EU AGENDA, World news, The Moscow Time, Korrespondent.net, ELLE, TV-24, Radio Bulgaria, Ukraine Crisis Media center, Vatican news, RFE/ RL.

Most of his documentary projects are related to the war in Ukraine. “Every Ukrainian photographer dreams of taking a photo that will stop the war,” the journalist explained.

In 2014, together with colleague Markiyan Lyseyko, Levin founded AFTER ILOVAISK, afterilovaisk.com, a military project aimed at preserving and rethinking the significance of the events of August 2014 by service members, their families, and Ukrainian citizens in general. Maks was one of those who made it out of Ilovaisk’s trap alive.

In addition to journalism, Levin has created dozens of photo and video projects for humanitarian organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), UN, UNICEF, OSCE, UN Women.

Oleksiy Chernyshov and Maks Levin worked together for many years. In 2014, at the height of the Dignity Revolution, they were injured during a rally near the Kyiv-Sviatoshynskyi court on January 10.

Maks Levin left behind four minor sons, a common-law wife and elderly parents.

Family support:

Monobank: 4441114420335646 – Zoriana Stelmakh

Private bank: 5168757403122528 – Inna Varenytsia

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