Lavrov: journalist Vyshinky case “absurd”
Russian Minister of Foreign affairs Sergey Lavrov reiterated Moscow demands of respect of his human rights and immediate liberation of journalist Kirill Vyshinky (pictured) arrested in Ukraine.
“The trial in the case of the RIA Novosti Ukraine chief editor resembles the theater of the absurd. There is no doubt that the journalist was arrested illegally, only because he worked for a Russian media outlet and honestly covered current developments. Ukrainian prosecutors seem to understand it as they have been postponing hearings, citing the need to study the case files,” Lavrov said to Aif newspaper.
“Our diplomats maintain contacts with his lawyers as Ukraine failed to provide us with access to the journalist himself. We are doing our best, working with foreign partners, particularly on international platforms, encouraging them to influence Kiev so that a positive solution can be found” Lavrov concluded.
Kiev’s Podolsky District Court postponed the hearing of the Vyshinsky case to July 19.
Vyshinsky was arrested in Kiev by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) on 15 May 2018. Being under arrest, on On 1 June 2018, he said in court: “I declare my withdrawal from my Ukrainian citizenship — from this moment I consider myself only a citizen of Russia.”