Propaganda materials from Russian media were used during the trial of National Guard Vitaliy Markiv, who was found guilty of the murder of Italian journalist Andrea Rockelli and was imprisoned for 24 years. It was reported by The New York Times.
Prosecutors have included two Russia Today TV spots and a report on Russian website Russkaya Vesna in the case files. It is noted that Ukrainian authorities recognized the website’s fake publication, which states that Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs allegedly colluded with the National Guard of Ukraine in order to protect Markiv.
There was a “document” mentioned in Russian article, which had been allegedly obtained from Ukrainian authorities, instructing Mr. Markiv’s comrades to testify in his favor.
Italian prosecutors, in turn, said that they did not consider the Russia Today videos decisive in the verdict, and members of the jury are not permitted to discuss what convinced them of Mr. Markiv’s guilt.
"But the inclusion in court of the propaganda and disinformation, regardless of its persuasiveness, has raised alarm with experts and some politicians," the publication said.
As we reported earlier, Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov and Italy’s Ambassador to Ukraine Davide La Cecilia negotiated at the investment forum in Mariupol. They discussed the case of Vitaliy Markiv, the convicted in Italy fighter of the National Guard of Ukraine as Avakov stated.
Ukrainian minister noted that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) held the investigation in the case of the death of Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli.