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Russian Federation sends notes of protest to Ukraine over situation with journalists

16 May 2018

SBU deputy chief Viktor Kononenko later told journalists that Vyshinsky, who has dual Russian-Ukrainian citizenship, received financial support from Russia via other media companies registered in Ukraine in order to disguise links between RIA Novosti-Ukraine and Russian state media giant Rossia Segodnya. Security agents also arrested a Ukrainian-born Russian journalist, accusing him of treason.

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.

Ukrainian safety company SBU stated in a press release that it's investigating "a community of media retailers" managed by the Russian authorities that are "used as instruments in a hybrid warfare towards Ukraine".

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The SBU press secretary Olena Gitlianska said in a Facebook release that Ukrainian law enforcers have discovered a whole network of media structures controlled by Russian Federation.

The journalist's arrest has added to already severe tension between Moscow and Kyiv, whose ties have been badly damaged since Russian Federation seized Crimea in 2014 and supported separatists in eastern Ukraine, helping start a war that has killed more than 10,300 people.

The Interfax-Ukraine news agency quoted Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko as saying that the media activities of the news agency and Vyshynsky are anti-Ukrainian and amount to "state treason".

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Zakharova accused Ukrainian authorities of a "repressive" policy against the media and expressed Russia's "indignation at the brutal violations of the freedom of the press in Ukraine". "That was the reason for the searches".

"If it is the case that the actions of Ukrainian law enforcement bodies are somehow connected with the professional work of these media organizations, that would be outrageous and scandalous", said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

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Russian Federation sends notes of protest to Ukraine over situation with journalists