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Supreme Court says journalist's arrest lawful

The court rejected his lawyers' appeal.

Supreme Court says journalist's arrest lawful
Kyrylo Vyshynskyy
Photo: Ukrinform

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal against the detention of the director of the RIA Novosti Ukraine news agency, Kyrylo Vyshynskyy, its press service has said on Facebook.

On 27 May, the united chamber of the criminal court of appeal under the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal filed by Vyshynskyy's lawyers against the resolution of an investigative judge of the Kherson city court on 28 May 2018 and the resolution of the Kherson regional court of appeal on 5 June 2018, refusing to open appeal procedures.

On 15 May 2018, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) together with the prosecutor's office of Crimea exposed a media network controlled by Russia and detained Vyshynskyy. During the search, he was found to possess Russian state awards and Russian passport. A criminal case over high treason was opened against Vyshynskyy.

Vyshynskyy has been under arrest since 17 May 2018.

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