The expert said, who could authorize the arrest of Wyszynski

© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace in photoanodic Andrei Domansky and head of RIA Novosti Ukraine Kirill Vyshinsky. Archival photoThe expert said, who could authorize the arrest of Wyszynski© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace the image Bank

The arrest of the head of the portal RIA Novosti Ukraine Kirill Vyshinsky was sanctioned by the highest leadership of Ukraine, said a member of the Council for interethnic relations under the President of Russia Bogdan Bezpalko.

Informed Vyshinsky himself in an interview with stated that his detention was planned and organised by the top political leadership of Ukraine. According to him, the charges «absurd, facts are selected manipulative, deceitful and insights are not exactly in the field of law». He also said that he feels fine.

«Kirill Vyshinsky rights because his arrest could authorize only the top political leadership of Ukraine. The political leadership of Ukraine shows their «patriotism» and desire to fight against the «aggressor» (Russia – ed.),» said Bezpalko RIA Novosti.

According to him, the arrest of a journalist is one of the few political scenarios that are available to the current political leadership of Ukraine, in particular, to President Petro Poroshenko. «It is only possible conflict scenarios with Russia, one of which includes the arrest of Kirill Vyshinsky,» added Bezpalko.

The expert noted that now in Ukraine delayed a lot of people for political reasons, including journalists. «Of course, I believe that now in Ukraine there is a political persecution. Often they are colleagues Kirill Vyshinsky, such as (Ruslan) kotsaba (Basil) Muravitsky. All of this is, from my point of view, political persecution, according to the principle of disloyalty,» — said Bezpalko.

The expert also noted that on the eve of the presidential election Poroshenko just cleans the media space in Ukraine is «not even any opponents of the ideology, which owns Poroshenko himself».

While Bezpalko believes that against Russian journalists in Ukraine conducted a campaign in the future possible new detention. «Yes, of course. I think that, in principle, against Russian journalists is campaign. This will include all the tools, including arrests, provocations might be to use right-wing radicals. I think that all the methods that are available will be used», — the expert added.

Vyshinsky was taken into custody in Kiev may 15, 2018. The journalist announced that he was suspected of supporting the breakaway republics of Donbass and treason. The maximum punishment under this article provides till 15 years of imprisonment.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the situation unprecedented, saying that Wyszynski was arrested «for his direct professional activities, for exercising his journalistic functions». Moscow has sent to Kiev a note of protest with the requirement to stop violence against members of the press.

The OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir had previously expressed serious concern about the actions of Kiev in relation to RIA Novosti Ukraine. After the next prolongation of term of detention of Vyshinsky custody Dezir expressed disappointment with Ukraine’s position and called for the release of the journalist. The Secretary General of the OSCE Thomas Greminger, commenting on the situation with Wyszynski, stressed that all the countries of the organization committed to promote an environment in which journalists can fulfill their obligations in another member state, and therefore must abide by international standards and not to interfere in the work of the media.

In Berlin also noted that he is closely watching the case of Vyshinsky. As stated by RIA Novosti in the Ministry of foreign Affairs Germany, Federal Republic of Germany supports «the requirement of the OSCE on the Ukrainian side of the acceleration process.»

In turn, foreign Minister of Portugal, Augusto Santos Silva criticized the arrest of Vyshinsky. According to him, Lisbon, «condemns all acts that are used to arrest people for their political views.»

Liberation Wyszynski urged earlier the European Federation of journalists. As stated by RIA Novosti, the Secretary General of the organization of Ricardo Gutierrez, the attempts of the Ukrainian authorities to justify the arrest of the journalist totally unconvincing. Gutierrez stressed that «the work of Vyshinsky did not come to Ukraine, and that’s why they decided to charge him with treason and arrested.»

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