Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Russia's information company says its places of work in Ukraine raided

Russia's information company says its places of work in Ukraine raided

Relations between Moscow and Kiev soured in 2014 when Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimea and threw its weight behind separatists in jap Ukraine.

It was established that in spring 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea, Vyshinsky produced anti-Ukrainian materials and received a medal "For the Return of Crimea" from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the SBU said.

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.

Vyshynsky's colleagues at RIA Novosti-Ukraine said he was detained today near his home in Kiev, according to a report by the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). "EUR 53,000 for subversive activities is only a proven amount". "The money was subsequently distributed to the groups and people involved".

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She said that more details would be made public later.

"We will act aggressively and protect the interests of Russian media to the fullest extent". "We have taken note of the escalation in the Ukrainian authorities' repressive activities in the information space, ranging from attacks on and deportation of Russian and foreign journalists from Ukraine to provocations against Russian diplomats on global media platforms". RTs editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, linked the raids and arrest to the opening of the bridge. Except for RIA Novosti-Ukraine, the statement also says about the Russian propaganda channel RT (Russia Today - ed.), the office which supposedly were also members of the SBU.

"Kiev chose to take revenge on us for the Crimean bridge", she said on her Twitter feed.

Up to 15 journalists work for RIA Novosti in Ukraine.

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CPJ was unable to determine Vyshynsky's whereabouts or whether he had been formally charged.

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.

Ukraine ranks 101st out of 180 countries in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

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