OSCE urges Ukraine to refrain from harassing foreign journalists

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Ukraine's SBU searches Kiev offices of Russia Today and RIA Novosti

A spokeswoman of the Ukrainian Prosecutor-General's Office, Larysa Sarhan, wrote on Facebook on May 15 that "investigators have obtained evidence proving that the RIA Novosti-Ukraine website carried information calling for violations of Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and.security".

At the same time, Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of the Sputnik news agency, has stated that she thought what was happening in Ukraine was Kiev's "revenge" for the recently opened Crimea Bridge. For his work "in favor of the aggressor country in May 2014", the SBU alleged, Vyshynsky was awarded a medal by a private decree of the president of the Russian Federation. The SBU did not immediately respond to CPJ's request sent via email for more information on the case.

"I Express serious concern about the morning RAID at the Russian mediafish in Kiev, the arrest of journalists and the searches of the house of journalists", said Harlem Desir.

Vyshinski is a Ukrainian national who received a Russian passport in 2015 by presidential decree.

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Russian Federation angrily protested Tuesday's raid and Vyshinski's detention, with the Kremlin calling the actions "unacceptable" and accusing the Ukrainian government of repeatedly putting "pressure on freedom of speech".

According to the SBU, RIA Novosti and RT share the same offices in the centre of Kiev.

Moscow called Wednesday for a Russian journalist detained in Ukraine for treason to be freed, condemning Kiev authorities for what it said was a repressive policy against the media.

The Ukrainian government has intensified its attempts to weaken Russia's influence on its population through the Russian state media, which Kiev claims Moscow uses to stir up anti-Ukrainian sentiment and foment hostilities. Security agents also arrested a Ukrainian-born Russian journalist, accusing him of treason.

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