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Russia’s IС opens criminal case over illegal indictment of journalist in Ukraine

May 16, 18:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office on May 15 detained and indicted on charges of high treason the editor-in-chief of the media portal RIA Novosti Ukraine Kirill Vyshinsky

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MOSCOW, May 16. /TASS/. Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case over the detention in Ukraine of the editor-in-chief of the media portal RIA Novosti Ukraine, Kirill Vyshinsky, IC spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko told the media.

"Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office on May 15 detained and indicted on charges of high treason the editor-in-chief of the media portal RIA Novosti Ukraine Kirill Vyshinsky, who in September 2015 obtained Russian citizenship," Petrenko said. "Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case over obstructions to legal journalistic activities and indictment of an innocent person."

Petrenko recalled that under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms each person enjoyed the right to express one’s own views. This right implies the freedom to adhere to one’s own opinion and to obtain and spread information and ideas without any intervention by the public authorities and regardless of state borders.

Investigative actions are in progress with the aim to identify all circumstances of the committed offenses and the persons to be brought to justice for the crime committed against a Russian journalist, Petrenko added.

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