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A Ukrainian court releases a Russian journalist accused of high treason

August 28, 2019


Kiril Vishinski, a Russian journalist who was jailed on charges of high treason in Ukraine, has been released on Wednesday by order of the Court of Appeals of Kiev, as reported by the Sputnik agency.

The court has granted you “on parole” freedom, so you must appear immediately if required by the court or the case instructors. The director of the RIA Novosti Ukraine agency, who had been imprisoned for 400 days, has considered that the judicial decision is “fair and reasonable”, since the charges of those who accuse him are “absurd.”

“I hope that the court will make its significant decisions that coincide with reality without political pressure,” said the journalist.

Vishinski, who has dual citizenship, was arrested in mid-May 2018 in Kiev by Ukrainian security forces due to his alleged support for the separatist militias in the Donbas region. Shortly afterwards a court issued an arrest warrant against him for a period of 60 days, which have been extended since then.

Ukrainian authorities accused the journalist of high treason, charges for which he could be sentenced to a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Vishinski was arrested for working as a journalist and urged international human rights organizations to act before the “unprecedented and absolutely inadmissible policy applied by the Ukrainian authorities.”