RIA News editor-in-chief refuses from Ukrainian citizenship

Source : 112 Ukraine

Vyshynsky has asked Putin for the legal protection at the court
14:34, 1 June 2018

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Kyrylo Vyshynsky, the editor-in-chief of RIA News-Ukraine agency suspected in the state treason, has claimed at the Appeal court session in Kharkiv that he refuses from the Ukrainian citizenship as Hromadske reported.

Related: European Parliament plans to discuss arrest of RIA News-Ukraine head

Vyshynsky also appealed to Russia's President Putin for the protection.

'I appeal to President Poroshenko whom I personally know and with whom we have done a few good deeds. I claim about the withdrawal from the Ukrainian citizenship, from this moment I consider myself only as the citizen of the Russian Federation. I appeal to President Putin with a request to provide me the legal protection and assume measures toward my release', Vyshynsky claimed.

Related: Ukraine’s MFA plans to exchange Oleg Sentsov for RIA News head

As it was reported earlier, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea have exposed the network of the media entities controlled by the Russian Federation.

The law enforcement bodies held the investigative actions at the office of RIA News-Ukraine.

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

Related: Human rights watchers concerned about searches, detention of RIA Novosti director

On May 17, Vyshynsky was arrested for two months in Kherson.

Moreover, Putin mentioned Vyshynsky when the French journalist asked him about Oleh Sentsov.

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