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Gun, money and labor contract with Russia Today: SBU search Vyshynsky's safety deposit box

The security service agents found over 200,000 U.S. dollars in the cell
22:28, 7 June 2018

Ukrinform

The SBU, Ukraine's state security service, performed a sanctioned search of the bank's safety deposit box that belongs to Kyrylo Vyshynsky, the editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti news agency. The agents found a handgun, USD 200,000 and labor contract with Russia Today. 

According to the press service of the SBU, 'the law enforcers found more than 200,000 U.S. dollars, the item that looked like Browning 1906 hand gun, and the labor contract between the defendant in the case and Russia Today news agency, which foresees his chairmanship over the Russian representation office in Ukraine'.

The Ukrainian law enforcement agency added that the pre-trial investigation is underway.

As we reported the workers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has exposed the network of the media entities controlled by the Russian Federation. The law enforcement bodies held the investigative actions at the office of RIA News-Ukraine.

Related: Ukraine ranked 101st in Reporters Without Borders ranking on media freedom

On May 15, the SBU considered the detention of the head of RIA News Ukraine agency’s office.

Kremlin has already responded to the incident and called the actions of the SBU outrageous. Also, Russia promised to assume reciprocal measures. Then, the state sent a protest note over searches at the mass media office.

Related: OHCHR records restrictions of freedom of speech, media in Ukraine

Later it was reported that the actions of Vyshynsky were preliminarily qualified as the state treason. The same day the SBU reported that Kyrylo Vyshynsky is now officially suspected of state treason.

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