Russian ombudsperson Moskalkova arrives in Kyiv

02:40, 20 March 2019
Ukraine
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Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova / Photo from UNIAN

She arrived by plane at about midnight, sources at Kyiv Airport told UNIAN.

Moskalkova previously announced she would visit Kyiv to participate in a court hearing on the case of chief of the Russian RIA Novosti's Kyiv office Kirill Vyshinsky who is suspected of high treason.

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"I am flying to Kyiv to attend a court hearing on the Vyshinsky case," Moskalkova said.

According to Moskalkova, she appealed to her Ukrainian counterpart, Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova in defense of the rights of Vyshinsky, who is allegedly "kept in inhuman conditions in Kyiv's Lukyanivske pretrial detention center."

As UNIAN reported earlier, the SBU Security Service of Ukraine in May 2018 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 the 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.

Vyshinsky was arrested in keeping with a ruling of Kherson's city court. On February 8, 2019, the court decided to extend his detention until April 8.

On January 10, 2019, the pretrial investigation into Vyshinsky's case was completed. Prosecutors sent his indictment to Kyiv's Podilsky district court.

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