Russian ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova came to Kyiv for the participation in the court on the case of Kyrylo Vyshynsky, the CEO of RIA News. She thinks that it was necessary to hold the international examination of the articles as 112 Ukraine reported.
Moskalkova arrived in Ukraine to see the state of health of Kyrylo Vyshynsky personally and check whether the Ukrainian side observed the international norms in the procedural form. The Russian ombudsman thinks that Vyshynsky carried out his professional duties.
“It is the unusual process because the journalist, the person, who carried out his professional duties, is under arrest. And my requests to the Council of Europe, UN commission, to Desir, who deals with the issues of mass media freedom – all of them were responded that the journalists should be under the protection of the states during their work,” Moskalkova said
Moskalkova expects that the court will make a decision on the change of the restrictive measure of Vyshynsky for house arrest or restricted residence.
“I would very much like to hope that the court makes a decision on the change of the restrictive measure in the form of the detention for house arrest or restricted residence, considering his age and state of health,” Moskalkova said.
Besides, the Russian ombudswoman added that she will not visit the remand center, where Kyrylo Vyshynsky is kept today but she will control his case through the lawyer.
As it was reported, the former RIA News Head Kyrylo Vyshynsky was transferred to Kyiv to the Lukyanivska prison. Andriy Domansky, the lawyer of Vyshynsky.
Earlier, Kherson City Court extended detention for RIA News Head Kyrylo Vyshynsky to April 8.
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. Besides, Russia promised to assume reciprocal measures. Then, the state sent a protest note over searches at the mass media office.