RIA Novosti news agency editor-in-chief arrested for two months

Source : 112 Ukraine

Kyrylo Vyshynsky is accused of state treason
19:06, 17 May 2018

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Kherson city court ruled that RIA Novosti news agency editor-in-chief Kyrylo Vyshynsky remains in custody until July 13, 2018. Tetyana Tykhonchyk, the press secretary of Prosecutor's Office of the autonomous republic of Crimea reported this in the commentary for Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

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. 

On May 16, the advocates of Vyshynsky claimed that their client is transferred to Kherson for choosing of the restrictive measure.

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

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

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