Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

The OSCE expressed concern about the situation, RIA Novosti-Ukraine

The OSCE expressed concern about the situation, RIA Novosti-Ukraine

"The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over the Ukraine Security Service's (SBU) search of the Kiev office of the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti and detention of the office director, Kirill Vyshynsky", the release said on Tuesday.

According to Lutsenko, investigators have evidence of the realization of "well-paid anti-Ukrainian attacks by this entity [RIA Novosti-Ukraine], participation of Ukrainian citizens who simultaneously received Russian citizenship in this disinformation war".

Russian Federation and Ukraine have been locked in a bitter feud since the 2014 Crimea takeover. The reporter was not detained, but his laptop and tablet PC were confiscated, and he was summoned to SBU next week. The SBU did not immediately respond to CPJ's request sent via email for more information on the case.

A spokeswoman for the SBU, Elena Gitlyanskaya confirmed that the SBU conducted searches at the Kiev office of Russian news agency RIA Novosti today. Now we know only about the acts of force taken toward the Russian mass media, the measures that restrict the freedom of our journalists and they can not get in touch. "The criminalization of alternative news and views has no place in a democratic Ukraine". "I reiterate my call on the authorities to refrain from imposing unnecessary limitations on the work of foreign journalists, which affects the free flow of information and freedom of the media", Desir said in a statement published on the OSCE website.

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On Tuesday morning RIA Novosti reported that its office was targeted by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

Kirill Vyshinski, the head of RIA Novosti's Ukrainian office, was also detained at his house in Kiev for alleged treason, a crime which can carry up to 15 years in prison.

Kiev authorities regularly accuse Russia of using its public media, including television stations which are very popular in Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine, to encourage separatist sentiment and undermining confidence in the current pro-European government.

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