Chief of RIA Novosti's Kyiv office en route to Kherson for trial – lawyer

10:11, 16 May 2018
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A lawyer of chief of RIA Novosti's Kyiv office Kirill Vyshinsky, who was detained on May 15 and was indicted on charges of high treason in Ukraine, has said his client is being transferred by Ukrainian law enforcers from Kyiv to Kherson for hearings on a preventive measure.

The office of the Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which is investigating Vyshinsky's case, is located in Kherson, the Russian propagandist news agency RIA Novosti reported.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, the press secretary of the Ukrainian SBU Security Service's chief, Olena Gitlianska, said on Tuesday the SBU officers had conducted raids in the office of RIA Novosti Ukraine in Kyiv.

Later, it became known that Vyshinsky was detained and indicted on charges of high treason. The SBU and prosecutors had uncovered the illegal activity of a Russian-controlled media chain in Ukraine.

It was established that in spring 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea, Vyshinsky produced anti-Ukrainian materials and received a medal "For the Return of Crimea" from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the SBU said.

Vyshinsky jointly with several other journalists started actively supporting the terrorist organizations in Donbas, the "DPR" and the "LPR," after his return from Crimea in 2014.

Deputy head of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Kononenko said Vyshinsky had been paid EUR 53,000 every month for discrediting the Armed Forces of Ukraine. "EUR 53,000 for subversive activities is only a proven amount. According to our data, the financing exceeds EUR 100,000 per month," Kononenko said at a briefing in Kyiv on May 15.

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