The head of the RIA Novosti Ukraine news portal, Kirill Vyshinsky, was detained on charges of treason on Tuesday. That same day, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) broke into the office of RIA Novosti Ukraine in Kiev and the homes of two journalists. Earlier on Wednesday, Vyshinsky’s lawyer said that the authorities began the prison transfer of a journalist from Kiev to Kherson, where they would determine a measure of restraint for him.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Presidential Human Rights Council said in a statement that it has appealed to Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic in connection with the detention of RIA Novosti Ukraine portal head.
On May 15, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) broke into the office of RIA Novosti Ukraine and detained its head, Kirill Vyshinsky, accusing him of treason. The SBU believes that he has been supporting the self-proclaimed People's Republics in Ukraine's southeast. Sputnik recalls other recent cases of journalists being prosecuted in Ukraine.
The unwarranted detention of the head of the RIA Novosti Ukraine news portal, Kirill Vyshinsky, in Kiev has caused an angry outcry from his colleagues around the world.
BERLIN (Sputnik) - The German Foreign Ministry is following the situation around RIA Novosti Ukraine portal head Kirill Vyshinsky with great concern and urges to adhere to the international standards of media freedom, ministry’s spokesman Christofer Burger said on Friday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ukrainian law enforcement officers did not use violence against RIA Novosti Ukraine portal head Kirill Vyshinsky during his detention in Kiev, he is confined in good conditions, his wife, Irina Vyshinskaya, said on Friday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The decision of a Ukrainian court to arrest RIA Novosti Ukraine portal head Kirill Vyshinsky for 60 days has nothing in common with the European values, Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency and RT broadcaster, said Thursday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The detention of RIA Novosti Ukraine portal head Kirill Vyshinsky in Kiev creates a dangerous precedent of infringement of the international media's independence, which cannot go unheeded, Mona Abdulhady, the head of the Egyptian Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, told Sputnik on Thursday.
A court in Ukraine's city of Kherson has arrested head of RIA Novosti Ukraine news portal Kirill Vyshinsky for 60 days without bond.
Addressing a recent detention of RIA Novosti Ukraine bureau chief Kirill Vyshinsky by the country's security services on "treason" charges, Andreas Maurer, representative of the German party Die Linke , told Sputnik that Vyshinsky's arrest indicates Kiev's political impotence.
GENEVA (Sputnik) – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is concerned about the increasing numbers of attacks against media professionals in Ukraine and is examining the detention of a RIA Novosti Ukraine journalist and raids in its Kiev offices, spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told Sputnik on Thursday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Ukrainian prosecution demanded a pre-trial detention of 60 days for RIA Novosti Ukraine portal head Kirill Vyshinsky, who was detained in Kiev, his lawyer Andriy Domansky told Sputnik on Thursday.
Ukraine's Security Service held a series of searches in Kiev in RIA Novosti Ukraine offices as well as in apartments of the employees working for the news agency, and detained the head of RIA Novosti Ukraine news portal. Sputnik spoke to author Nikola Mirkovic about the significance of it and about what to expect next.
Tuesday's detention of RIA Novosti Ukraine bureau chief Kirill Vyshinsky by the country's security services on "treason" charges has been broadly condemned by journalists worldwide, even amid a deafening silence in the mainstream media. Speaking to Sputnik, journalists expressed support for Vyshinsky, and called the arrest a worrying development.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A request for determining the custody conditions for head of RIA Novosti Ukraine news portal Kirill Vyshinsky, who was detained in Kiev on Tuesday, will be submitted to Kherson’s court on Thursday morning, Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office spokeswoman Larysa Sargan said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Ukraine government used treason charges as a broad pretext to justify a crackdown on RIA Novosti journalists, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Ethics Committee Vice Chairman Fred Brown told Sputnik.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) told Sputnik on Wednesday, commenting on the recent detention of RIA Novosti Ukraine news portal Kirill Vyshinsky in Ukraine, that such steps were unacceptable in democratic societies.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Council of Europe said on Wednesday its Platform for the Protection of Journalists has registered an alert on Ukraine following the detention of a RIA Novosti Ukraine journalist in Kiev.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Ukrainian authorities must immediately clarify evidence to substantiate the criminal accusations against the head of RIA Novosti Ukraine Kirill Vyshinsky, Human Rights Watch Europe and Central Asia Division Deputy Director Rachel Denber told Sputnik on Wednesday.
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The European Union is aware of the detention of a RIA Novosti Ukraine journalist in Kiev, the bloc attaches great importance to freedom of media recognizes the right of countries to ensure their national security but it must be done in respect of fundamental rights and freedoms, an EU spokesperson told Sputnik on Wednesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow has sent two notes of protest to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry in connection with the situation around journalists of the RIA Novosti Ukraine news portal, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Wednesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Head of the RIA Novosti Ukraine news portal Kirill Vyshinsky, who was detained in Kiev on Tuesday, absolutely needs his medication in order to manage his health problems while in custody, his wife, Irina, said.
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