25 September 2018

RIA Novosti Ukraine unable to resume work

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The RIA Novosti Ukraine news agency is unable to resume its work as the Ukrainian Security Service officials seized office computers during recent searches, one of the staff members told on Friday. informs citing TASS.

"We still don’t have computers seized by SBU officials, so we can’t work," she said, adding that the situation was the same in the agency’s department operating its website.

She also confirmed that staff members, who were at the office during searches, had been called for questioning on Friday. "But my lawyer requested my questioning be delayed till Monday since a lot of people are going to be questioned today," she noted, adding that the request had been granted.

The Russian embassy in Kiev demanded that the Ukrainian authorities take all the necessary measures to stop violence against media workers, immediately release the detained journalist, launch an impartial investigation into the incident and punish those abusing power. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said that Moscow had sent two notes of protest to Kiev over Vyshinsky’s case.

The SBU called over 40 witnesses for questioning in Vyshinsky’s case. The chief editor was taken to the city of Kherson, where the city court arrested him for 60 days without bail. The charge against him is particularly based on a number of the journalist’s articles dedicated to the 2014 events in Crimea.

2018.05.18 / 12:15
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