The Pre-Trial Investigation Against Kirill Vyshinsky Has Been Completed

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


On January 10th the examination as a part of the pre-trial legal investigation into the editor-in-chief of RIA “Novosti Ukraine” Kirill Vyshinsky was completed and the defence was given access to the materials of the pre-trial investigation.

This was reported on January 14th by the press service of the prosecutor’s office of the “Autonomous Republic of Crimea” [such is how Kiev now refers to Crimea, ignoring its factual belonging to Russia – ed], which performed procedural management during the pretrial investigation.

“Vyshinsky and his lawyers were informed about the end of the pre-trial examination in criminal proceedings and access to its materials was granted. The decision on the case’s jurisdiction, in accordance with Article 12 of the Law of Ukraine ‘On Ensuring the Rights and Freedoms of Citizens and the Legal Regime in the Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine’, will be made by the Kiev Court of Appeal”

it is said in the statement of the press service

The prosecutor’s office emphasised that Vyshinsky’s case will be submitted for consideration in essence to one of the district courts of Kiev.

In addition, during the court hearing that took place on January 14th in the Kherson Court of Appeal, the court rejected the defence’s appeal to change the measure of restraint imposed on Kirill Vyshinsky.

Another motion of the prosecutor about extending the term of detention imposed on the editor-in-chief of RIA “Novosti Ukraine” will be considered on January 17th.

And on January 23rd the Cassation Criminal Court of the Supreme Court of Ukraine will consider the complaint of the journalist Kirill Vyshinsky concerning the illegality of his detention in May 2018.

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This information was reported by Vyshinsky’s lawyer Andrey Domansky. He explained that the defence in cassation appealed against the illegality of Kirill Vyshinsky’s detention in May of last year. The Court of Appeal refused to initiate proceedings vis-a-vis the appeal, which contradicts the Constitution of Ukraine. Therefore a cassation appeal was filed.

As a reminder, Kirill Vyshinsky was detained on May 15th by the SBU when his apartment and the editorial office of RIA “Novosti Ukraine” were being searched. He is accused under Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“state treason”), which does not stipulate a measure of restraint other than detention. In this connection he spent more than half a year in a pre-trial detention center without an alternative.

Kirill Vyshinsky’s case is being continuously monitored by the “Uspishna Varta” human rights platform.

In an earlier interview with the human rights activists of “Uspishna Varta”, Vyshinsky disclosed the details of the indictment and spoke about the possible options for reaching a deal.

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