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Russian news agency editor-in-chief, accused of treason, to be convoyed to Kyiv on March 9, - lawyer

The convict transferring process can take from three days to a month
17:45, 8 March 2019

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Kirill Vyshinsky, the editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti-Ukraine, accused of treason, to be transferred from the Kherson remand centre to Kyiv on March 9. This was stated by his lawyer Andriy Domansky, reports Strana.

According to him, the transferring process can take from three days to a month. In this case, in the event of any delay, maximum on March 20 Vyshinsky should be in the capital.

"On this date, the appeal court of the Supreme Court ordered consideration of the journalist’s defense complaints against the refusal of the Court of Appeal to study the lawfulness of his detention. We insist that it was carried out with violations," Domansky said.

He stressed that in Kyiv journalists must be placed in the Lukyanivske remand centre and "there are certain risks here."

“I do not rule out attempts of provocations against Kirill during transfer and further detention in remand centre No. 13. There is a different contingent of people with their judgments in the places of detention, and there is a possibility that various insinuations can be made on this score. Unfortunately, precedents have already taken place and the administration is not always able to guarantee the safety of prisoners, "the defender explained.

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We recall Kirill Vyshinsky was detained on May 15 on suspicion of treason. Vyshinsky himself said that he was refusing Ukrainian citizenship and asking for help from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The investigation claims that in the spring of 2014, the Director General of the Russia Today Agency Dmitry Kiselyov appointed Vyshinsky as the head of the Ukrainian representative office of this structure. Then the journalist went to Crimea, where, on the instructions of the leadership of the Russia Today took direct part in propaganda activities aimed at supporting the annexation of the peninsula by the Russian Federation.

After the so-called referendum, Vyshinsky returned to Kyiv, where he attracted subordinate journalists to writing materials in favor of the so-called “LDNR”.

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