The court in Kiev continued the meeting on the jurisdiction of journalist Myravitski

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Forestgumpaed Basil Muravitsky at the Royal district court of Zhytomyr, UkraineThe court in Kiev continued the meeting on the jurisdiction of journalist Myravitski© RIA Novosti / Sergey forest

Ukraine’s Supreme court continued on Thursday consideration of the petition of protection about change of jurisdiction of the case of journalist Vasily Myravitski accused Ukraine of treason for their publications in mass media, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

Earlier, lawyers for Myravitski appealed to the Supreme specialized court of Ukraine on consideration of civil and criminal cases (VSSU) with the petition for change of jurisdiction. They believe that the court in Zhytomyr is unable to objectively hear the case because of prejudice against local authorities. The petition was referred to the Supreme court of Ukraine after the liquidation of HSCU in the framework of judicial reform.

The convoy brought the Myravitski to the meeting.

The security service of Ukraine (SBU) detained the Myravitski in Zhytomyr on August 1. He is suspected of state treason, encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, violation of equality of citizens, creating a terrorist organization. According to the SBU, his articles have been published on «sites, which were administered from the Russian Federation and the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine». The Prosecutor’s office said that the journalist faces up to 15 years of imprisonment with confiscation of property. The decision of the court Muravitsky is under arrest.

Journalist pleads not guilty, the defense calls the charges absurd, and the Union of journalists of Ukraine says about the government’s violation of human rights and international law. The international organization Amnesty International considers Myravitski a prisoner of conscience and urged to release him immediately. The organization noted that all charges against the journalist stem from the fact of its work with Russian-language online resources.

The editor of Ukraine.ru, which also wrote Muravitsky Iskander Khisamov, called the prosecution of journalists in political repression. Secretary of the Union of journalists of Russia, member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of journalists (IFJ) Timur Shafir believes such accusations are further proof that the Ukrainian authorities are trying to exclude from the information space in a different point of view.

The Russian foreign Ministry has called the detention of Myravitski the next episode of the campaign forced suppression of opposition mass media in Ukraine and called on the OSCE and the Council of Europe and international organizations to condemn the policy of Kiev against the media. The expense of such cases in Ukraine runs into tens: the latter, in particular, and the persecution of the editor of the Internet portal «Strenia» of the Igor Guzhva, who was detained in Kiev on June 22 on suspicion of extortion. Guzhva said the case against him planned provocation.

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