14:10 GMT06 May 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - RIA Novosti Ukraine portal head Kirill Vyshinsky said on Saturday that he was going to stay in journalism and added that he has some new ideas for his work.

    "I'm definitely going to stay in the profession because firstly the profession got me out of prison. In this sense, I am indebted to the profession, to my colleagues. And accordingly, I have to pay this debt. Secondly ... there is no good or bad experience, it can be dramatic, tragic, comic and etc. My experience was probably dramatic, but it was real," Vyshinsky said.

    According to him, the best thing for a journalist is a personal experience that can be rethought and shared with people.

    "Because this experience is not only about sitting in prison. This is the experience of life in Ukraine during the last year of [Petro] Poroshenko [as the Ukrainian president]. And I think it will be very interesting. There are new ideas!" the journalist said.

    RIA Novosti Ukraine portal head Kirill Vyshinsky
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    RIA Novosti Ukraine portal head Kirill Vyshinsky

    A historic large-scale simultaneous release of Russian and Ukrainian citizens happened earlier in the day and Vyshinsky was flown to Russia on the same day.

    Vyshinsky was detained in Kiev on May 15, 2018, on suspicion of supporting the self-proclaimed republics in Ukraine's eastern Donbass region and treason. The court extended Vyshinsky's pre-trial detention eight times. In late August, the Kiev Appeal Court decided to release Vyshinsky from custody on his own recognizance.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the situation unprecedented, saying that Vyshinsky had been arrested for simply doing his job as a journalist.

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