Russian Ombudsman hopes Vyshinsky case to be closed soon
MOSCOW, April 24 (RAPSI) – Russia’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Tatiana Moskalkova hopes that a criminal case against journalist Kirill Vyshinsky in Ukraine will be terminated in connection with taking office by a new president.
"Today, with the change of authorities, I have a hope that the case will be closed," she said on Wednesday during an open and expanded meeting of the Federation Council’s Interim Commission on information policy and media relations on the topic: "Violation of the rights of journalists from Ukraine to the UK" .
Moskalkova also admitted with regret that her expectations were not justified yet. According to her, when a court in Ukraine considered an appeal against his arrest and released him to lawyers during the hearing in March, the ombudsman suggested that the court demonstrated objectivity and as a result, the attitude towards the accused would change, but this did not happen.
On March 21, Moskalkova came to the Ukrainian Supreme Court to personally check the observance of rights of Vyshinsky.
The editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti Ukraine news agency Vyshinsky, who has Ukrainian and Russian citizenship, has been arrested and detained in Ukraine on suspicion of treason. The journalist’s detention has been repeatedly extended ever since.