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Ukraine raids Kiev offices of Russian state media

Sergei Savostianov  TASS Sergei Savostianov TASS
Melinda Barton | 16 May, 2018, 12:58

"The arrests of journalists or searches taken of media outlets, if that is done, it has to be done in accordance with the law". Security agents also arrested a Ukrainian-born Russian journalist, accusing him of treason.

The OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir on may 15 expressed concern about the RAID by Ukrainian special services in the office of the Russian state news Agency RIA Novosti-Ukraine.

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. Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of Rossiya Segodnya news agency and RT broadcaster, has stated that she thought what was happening in Ukraine was Kiev's "revenge" for the recently opened Crimea Bridge.

"The Security Service of Ukraine reports that the head of the anti-Ukrainian propaganda information outlet RIA Novosti Ukraine, Kyrylo Vyshynsky, has been declared a suspect in a crime and detained in accordance with Article 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine", the statement reads.

Ukrainian authorities have previously detained or deported several journalists for spreading anti-Ukrainian propaganda and supporting the separatists' cause.

He said Vyshynsky received ample funding to carry out his work.

Deputy head of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Kononenko said Vyshinsky had been paid Euro 53,000 every month for discrediting the Armed Forces of Ukraine. "The money is subsequently distributed to the groups and people involved".

Russian Federation angrily protested Tuesday's raid and Vyshinski's detention, with the Kremlin calling the actions "unacceptable" and accusing the Ukrainian government of repeatedly putting "pressure on freedom of speech".

While Kiev continues to its "pre-trial investigation" against RIA Ukraine and Vyshinsky, the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the crackdown on journalists, echoing an earlier statement by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who called Tuesday's raids "outrageous".

He warned that Moscow could take measures in response, saying the Kremlin "will vigorously defend the interests of Russian media to the fullest extent". You can sign up to receive it directly here.