Vyshynsky stays in custody till September 19, court rules

Source : 112 Ukraine

RIA News Editor-in-Chief is suspected of state treason
17:27, 19 July 2019

Kyrylo Vyshynsky, RIA News Chief Editor

Podolsky District Court of Kyiv ruled to keep RIA News Chief Editor Kyrylo Vyshynsky in custody till September 19, as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

Therefore, the panel of the judges granted the application of the prosecution and denied granting the application on alleviation of the restrictive measure – to replace arrest with personal commitment – filed by Vyshynsky’s defence earlier.

Related: Vyshynsky case: Court reschedules next session for July 15

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.

Related: Zelensky's office offers Russia to release Sentsov, while Ukraine sets Vyshynsky free

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