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Alert created on: 16 May 2018 n° 43/2018 Ukraine

RIA Novosti Journalist Kyrylo Vyshynsky Held on Treason Allegations in Ukraine

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
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Kyrylo Vyshynsky, a Ukrainian journalist working for Russia’s state-run news agency RIA Novotsi in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, was detained on 15 May 2018 on allegations of treason. His arrest came hours before raids by Ukrainian security service (SBU) at the news agency’s offices. According to media reports, the authorities suspected Vyshynsky, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2015 by Presidential decree, of allegedly collaborating with Ukrainian armed separatists in Eastern Ukraine. The prosecuting officials in Kyiv also accused him of allegedly subversive reporting to justify Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, media reports added. 51-year-old Vyshynsky joined RIA Novosti in 2015 after having worked for several Ukrainian media outlets and Russia's state television channel Rossiya as its correspondent in Kyiv.
Updates
New 09 Sep 2019
On 7 September 2019, journalist Kyrylo Vyshynsky was released as a result of an exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine.
New 28 Aug 2019
On 28 August 2019, a Kyiv Court released Kyrylo Vyshynsky from custody ahead of his trial. The journalist must inform the court about any change of residence and that must refrain from any contact with witnesses in his case.
24 Jul 2019
On 7 May 2019, a district court in Kiev extended Vyshinsky’s arrest till 22 July 2019. On 19 July 2019, Kyrylo Vyshynsky, appeared in court in Kyiv. The Court extended his pretrial custody by two months, to 19 September.
12 Apr 2019
On 4 April 2019, the trial against Kyrylo Vyshynsky began in Kyiv’s Podil District Court. Mr Vyshynsky faces up to 15 years in prison, if found guilty of treason charges against him.
14 Feb 2019
On 8 February 2019, the court in Kherson extended until 8 April 2019 the arrest of Kyrylo Vyshynsky.
02 Jan 2019
On 27 December 2018, a Kherson court has extended Kyrylo Vyshynsky’s arrest until 27 January.
02 Nov 2018
On 1st November 2018, the Kherson City Court extended for the third time the pre-trial detention of Kyrylo Vyshynsky until 28 December 2018.
03 Oct 2018
On 26 September 2018, Vyshynsky’s custody was extended until 4 November 2018.
17 May 2018
On 17 May 2018, a court ordered Kyrylo Vyshynsky held for two months detention on high treason charges.
State replies
12 Jul 2018
Reply from the Government of Ukraine
Follow-ups
09 Sep 2019
New OSCE Media Freedom Representative welcomes release of Sushchenko and Vyshinsky, thanks both countries for this achievement.
29 Oct 2018
OSCE Representative expresses serious concern about lasting pre-trial detention of journalist Kirill Vyshinsky in Ukraine.
16 May 2018
OSCE Representative raises concern over raid against Russian News Agency and TV today in Ukraine
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