Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

The OSCE expressed concern about the situation, RIA Novosti-Ukraine

The OSCE expressed concern about the situation, RIA Novosti-Ukraine

The Kyiv government has long accused Russian state news agencies of stirring up conflict in the region.

Ukraine's state security service searched the Kiev offices of Russia's state-run RIA Novosti news agency and TV channel RT on Tuesday, after detaining one journalist near his home, officials said.

According to Lutsenko, investigators have evidence of the realization of "well-paid anti-Ukrainian attacks by this entity [RIA Novosti-Ukraine], participation of Ukrainian citizens who simultaneously received Russian citizenship in this disinformation war".

The Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman added she would use the same tone and language as her U.S. colleagues if any media outlet, designated as a foreign agent in Russia, is searched.

CPJ was unable to determine Vyshynsky's whereabouts or whether he had been formally charged.

US Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert has earlier told reporters that Washington took the raid on RIA Novosti Ukraine journalists in Kiev "very seriously" and urged to take such measures in full compliance with the law. For his work "in favor of the aggressor country in May 2014", the SBU alleged, Vyshynsky was awarded a medal by a private decree of the president of the Russian Federation. "The criminalization of alternative news and views has no place in a democratic Ukraine".

According to Hitlianska, law enforcers also detained Kiril Vyshynsky, an employee of RIA Novosti-Ukraine, in Kyiv on Tuesday morning. "I reiterate my call on the authorities to refrain from imposing unnecessary limitations on the work of foreign journalists, which affects the free flow of information and freedom of the media", Desir said in a statement published on the OSCE website.

Earlier on May 15, the Security Service of Ukraine announced that it had exposed a media network run by Russian Federation and carried out searches at the RIA Novosti's Kyiv office.

Ukrainian authorities have previously detained or deported several journalists for spreading anti-Ukrainian propaganda and supporting the separatists' cause.

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