The Ukrainian Court Ordered to Keep the Journalist Kirill Vyshinky in Detention for the Rest of 2018

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


On December 11th a hearing connected with the case of the editor-in-chief of RIA “Novosti Ukraine” Kirill Vyshinsky took place in the Kherson city court. The human rights activists ofUspishna Varta were present at the hearing and monitored the trial.

During the hearing the court rejected the defence’s appeal about changing the measure of restraint, having remanded Vyshinsky in custody until December 28th.

As a reminder, Kirill Vyshinsky was detained on May 14th by the Security Service of Ukraine during a search in his apartment and in the editorial office of RIA “Novosti Ukraine”. He is accused under the Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (treason), which does not stipulate a measure of restraint other than detention. In this regard he has been in a pre-trial detention center without an alternative for almost 7 months.

As “Uspishna Varta” noted on Telegram, on November 1st Kirill Vyshinsky’s term of detention was prolonged to December 28th. Such a decision was made by the Kherson city court, having satisfied the motion of the prosecutor.

In her speech during the UN forum in Geneva the chairwoman of the board of the human rights platform “Uspishna Varta” Nataliya Natalina reminded foreign diplomats and UN officials about Kirill Vyshinsky’s case, which, according to human rights activists, was instigated according to political motives.

The case of the editor-in-chief of RIA “Novosti Ukraine” Kirill Vyshinsky is being continuously monitored by the “Uspishna Varta” human rights platform.

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