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Vyshynsky case: Defendant denies asking Putin to exchange him

RIA News Chief Editor also explained why he accepted Russian citizenship
09:33, 21 March 2019

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RIA News Chief Editor Kyrylo Vyshynsky, accused of state treason, stated that he did not write a statement addressed to the Russian President Vladimir Putin asking to exchange him for one of the Ukrainian political prisoners, as he told the journalists in the Cassation criminal court of the Supreme Court, Ukrinform reported.

“I never filed any documents to anybody, I did not sign any statements,” Vyshynsky said.

According to the accused, the question of the exchange is not important for him.

Related: International examination required in Vyshynsky case, - Russian ombudsman

“To be honest, this question does not bother me, I care about fairness concerning what is happening to me, but not the exchange,” Vyshynsky noted.

Answering the question why did he accept Russian citizenship, Vyshynsky noted: “My wife is the citizen of Russian Federation, she lives in Moscow, and I wanted to have a possibility to live with her under the law of the country she lives in. I had no other secret motives.”

He added that he welcomed the initiative of Ukraine’s PM Pavlo Klimkin to regulate the question of dual citizenship.

Related: Vyshynsky case: Russian Ombudsman arrives in Kyiv

As it was reported, the former RIA News Head Kyrylo Vyshynsky was transferred to Kyiv to the Lukyanivska prison

Earlier, Kherson City Court extended detention for RIA News Head Kyrylo Vyshynsky to April 8.

On May 15, the Security Service (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.

Related: RIA News Head Vyshynsky transferred to Lykyanivska prison, - lawyer

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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