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Vyshynsky to come to Kyiv for court session, - lawyer

According to the advocate, Vyshynsky, who was exchanged and is now in Russia, is not going to avoid the trial
17:39, 12 September 2019

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Transferred to Russia Chief CEO of RIA News Ukraine Kyrylo Vyshynsky intends to come to Kyiv for the court session on September 16 as Ukrainian News reported citing his lawyer Andriy Domansky.

According to the advocate, Vyshynsky is not going to evade from the trial and he will participate in the session on September 16. It will take place in Podilsky district court of Kyiv.

“He, as he said, will come to the sessions. The next court session is on September 16; he will come,” the lawyer noted.

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Kyrylo Vyshynsky, the Editor-in-Chief of RIA Novosti Ukraine news agency, was detained in May 2018. Kherson city court arrested him - initially for two months. In January 2019, the pre-trial investigation was over, and the defense team got the opportunity to consider the case materials. Vyshynsky calls the whole case politically motivated; he previously gave up his Ukrainian citizenship and turned to Russian leader Putin for help.

The Investigation found out that in spring 2014, Vyshynsky was appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of RIA Novosti Ukraine, based in Kyiv; he visited Crimea, joining the propagandist actions aiming to support the annexation of the Crimean peninsula and merging it with the Russian Federation. When he returned to Kyiv, he made the reporters from his agency write stories in support of the so-called "republics" in Donbas. He could face 15 years behind the bars.

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In July 2019, the court ruled that Vyshynsky will be kept in custody till September 19. However, in August 2019, RIA News Ukraine CEO was released.

Vyshynsky was transferred to Russia within the prisoner swap, which took place on September 7.

 

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