Ukrainian-Russian journalist Vyshynsky released from custody

The preventive measure was changed from detention to personal covenant
18:25, 28 August 2019

Kyrylo Vyshynsky, RIA News Chief Editor

The court granted an appeal on prolongation of the detention for Chief Editor RIA News Ukraine Kyrylo Vyshynsky, who is suspected of state treason, and he was immediately released from custody. The preventive measure was changed from detention to personal covenant, as RIA News reported.

Vyshynsky would have to show up at the court or the investigator at the first request. He has been in custody for over 400 days. The trial on the charges against him is ahead.

As it was reported earlier, Podilsky District Court of Kyiv ruled to keep RIA News Chief Editor Kyrylo Vyshynsky in custody till September 19.

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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