Vyshynsky appointed as executive director of one of Russian mass media

On September 7, Kyrylo Vyshynsky was transferred to Moscow within large-scale prisoner swap
17:46, 7 October 2019

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Ex-CEO of RIA News Ukraine Kyrylo Vyshynsky, passed to Moscow with the last prisoner swap, was appointed as the Executive Director of Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today) as the news agency reported.

“In response to requests from the mass media on the position of Kyrylo Vyshynsky. On September 9, the order was signed on his appointment as Executive Director of Rossiya Segodnya,” the message said.

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Kyrylo Vyshynsky, the Editor-in-Chief of RIA Novosti Ukraine news agency, was detained in May 2018. Kherson city court arrested him - initially for two months. In January 2019, the pre-trial investigation was over, and the defense team got the opportunity to consider the case materials. Vyshynsky calls the whole case politically motivated; he previously gave up his Ukrainian citizenship and turned to Russian leader Putin for help.

The Investigation found out that in spring 2014, Vyshynsky was appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of RIA Novosti Ukraine, based in Kyiv; he visited Crimea, joining the propagandist actions aiming to support the annexation of the Crimean peninsula and merging it with the Russian Federation. When he returned to Kyiv, he made the reporters from his agency write stories in support of the so-called "republics" in Donbas. He could face 15 years behind the bars.

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In July 2019, the court ruled that Vyshynsky will be kept in custody till September 19. However, in August 2019, RIA News Ukraine CEO was released.

Vyshynsky was transferred to Russia within the prisoner swap, which took place on September 7.


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