According to the indictment, the editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti Ukraine, Cyril Vyshinsky, has published 72 anti-Ukrainian articles, which experts say are part of the propaganda of the belief system.
Cyril Vyshinsky, editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti Ukraine, is accused of publishing articles that refute Russian aggression against Ukraine, Insider edition reported May 7.
According to the indictment, Vyshinsky published 72 anti-Ukrainian articles. They have published the results of semantic-linguistic research on materials on the RIA Novosti-Ukraine website before the court.
According to the public prosecutor, the articles refuted the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and, according to experts, "are part of the propaganda of the system of views."
In particular, the following propaganda messages were contained in the Vyshinsky materials:
- The Ukrainian state is controlled from the outside and collapses;
- The Ukrainian government is pro-fascist and indifferent to its people;
- Russia is not leading aggression against Ukraine;
- Possible elections in the so-called "LDNR" legitimate.
The journalist is also accused of carrying out information identification of the fake referendum in Crimea.
The prosecutor said that Vyshinsky received instructions from the representative of the Russian Federation to place anti-Ukrainian content articles on the RIA-Novosti Ukraine website.
On May 5, 2018, searches were conducted at the RIA Novosti office in Kiev and research activities were also conducted at Vyshinsky's home. The Ukrainian security service said that together with the prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, they had revealed the activities of a network of media structures controlled by the Russian Federation. Vyshinsky was detained on the same day on suspicion of treason. The court arrested him on 17 May.
The journalist said he has two passports – Ukrainian and Russian. On June 1, during a trial in Kherson, considering the appeal against a preventative measure, the head of RIA Novosti Ukraine stated that he refused Ukrainian citizenship and asked Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation, for "legal protection and taking measures for release ". The state migration service of Ukraine reported that Vyshinsky could not renounce citizenship because he was a suspect.
Vyshinsky was transferred from Kherson to Kiev on March 14, 2019. The Podolsky court of Kiev on 7 May extended the arrest to Vyshinsky until 22 July.