RIA Novosti news agency's director officially suspected of state treason

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine's state security service detained Kyrylo Vyshynsky, the head of the pro-Kremlin news agency; the workers are charged with the same crime
22:34, 15 May 2018

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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported that Kyrylo Vyshynsky, a director of RIA Novosti news agency, is now officially suspected of state treason. Olena Hitlyanska, the press secretary of the SBU posted that on Tuesday evening.

'Kyrylo Vyshynsky, the leader of propagandist anti-Ukrainian information portal 'RIA Novosti Ukraine' is announced as a suspect in the crime. He is detained under the Article 208 of Ukraine's Criminal Procedure Code. The criminal case was initiated under the respective article of the Criminal Code (state treason)', Hitlyanska wrote. 

As it was reported earlier, the officers 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 hold the investigative actions at the office of RIA News-Ukraine.

At the same time, RIA News reported the SBU searches at the RIA News-Ukraine office in the downtown of Kyiv.

Related: Russia sends Ukraine protest note over searches at RIA Novosti news agency

Related: Prosecutor's office preliminary qualifies actions of RIA News-Ukraine Head as state treason

Related: Kremlin calls SBU actions toward RIA News-Ukraine outrageous

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