"On Thursday, January 10, 2019, the investigating department of the main directorate of the Security Service of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (based in Kherson), at the instruction of the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, informed the head of RIA Novosti Ukraine and his defense lawyers about the completion of the pre-trial investigation in the criminal proceeding and provided them with access to pre-trial investigation materials," the prosecutor's office reported on Monday, January 14.
The Kherson Court of Appeal at a hearing on January 14 upheld a Kherson City Court ruling of December 27, 2018, to keep Vyshinsky in custody until January 27, 2019.
On May 15, 2018, the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Ukraine's SBU Security Service, as part of criminal proceedings on Russia's unleashing the aggressive war in the information sphere in Ukraine and a high treason case, conducted searches in the premises of the editorial office of the RIA Novosti Ukraine news agency, as well as in the homes of persons who organized and ensured its activities. The investigation helped obtain evidence that information posted on RIA Novosti Ukraine's website contained appeals aimed at undermining the sovereignty, territorial integrity and integrity of Ukraine, state and information security. Editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti Ukraine, Kirill Vyshinsky, was declared a high treason suspect and detained.
Vyshinsky faces up to 15 years in prison if he is found guilty. He denies all accusations.
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