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Court extends arrest of RIA News CEO Vyshynsky up to February 16

Court refused the prosecutor’s office in the restriction of the term for the familiarizing with the materials of the criminal proceeding for the defense of Vyshynsky
12:20, 18 January 2019

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Kherson City Court has extended the arrest of “Ria News” CEO Kyrylo Vyshynsky until February 16 as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing his lawyer Andry Domansky.

It is noted that the proper appeal of the prosecutor’s office was granted by the court at the session on January 17.

Related: Release of RIA News CEO Vyshynsky not to be discussed, - Russia’s Presidential Secretary

However, the court refused the prosecutor’s office in the restriction of the term for the familiarizing with the materials of the criminal proceeding, which were opened by the lawyers on January 10, for the defense of Vyshynsky.

On May 15, the SBU considered the detention of the head of RIA News Ukraine agency’s office.

Related: Crimean Prosecutor’s office to forward accusations against Ria News head to court

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.

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.

Related: Ukraine’s Security Service ends investigation of case of RIA News CEO

Recently, there are statements about his exchange for the convicted Ukrainians held in Russia.

On September 6, the arrest of Vyshynsky was extended until November 30.

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