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

Earlier, Ukrainian official Iryna Gerashchenko offered to exchange Kyrylo Vyshynsky for Ukrainian political prisoners
14:33, 2 November 2018

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The exchange of RIA News CEO Kyrylo Vyshynsky, suspected of state treason in Ukraine for political prisoners held in Russia is not a topic for talks and he should be simply released, as Russia’s President Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told the journalists, Interfax reported.

'We think that Vyshynsky has to be immediately released. It is a violation of all the international norms, it is a violation of freedom of press - as, basically, he was arrested for his journalistic occupation,' Peskov said, answering the question of a Ukrainian correspondent who asked why Vyshynsky coud not be exchanged for Roman Sushchenko.

Related: Russia keeps distracting world's attention to political prisoners, - Atlantic Council

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. Besides, Russia promised to assume reciprocal measures. Then, the state sent a protest note over searches at the mass media office.

Related: Huge increase in number of political prisoners in Russia & occupied Crimea

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.

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.

Related: Ukraine's political prisoner Balukh to be transferred to Kerch prison

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