European values? Journalist illegally detained by Ukrainian fascist authorities

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A journalist at the headquarters of the RIA Novosti Ukrainian news agency in Kiev, Kirill Vyshinsky, was detained in the Ukrainian capital, his colleagues reported.

It is noted that the journalist was arrested in a street near his house.

Subsequently, members of the Ukrainian security forces invaded the headquarters of RIA Novosti Ukraine in Kiev. Contact was lost with a journalist who is in the building.

The Kiev Security Service stated that an operation involving “media structures controlled by the Russian Federation” was carried out. According to the organization’s spokeswoman, Elena Gitlyanskaya, “law enforcement agencies have concluded that the structures were used by the aggressor country in the context of the hybrid information war against Ukraine.” The term ‘aggressor country’ is a concept in international law, as defined also by the UN, generally narrowly limited to the country that uses armed force against another country, first.  But it does mean that such aggression is unlawful by international standards and norms. This is why the concept of a legitimate ‘pre-emptive strike’ also exists side by side. 

The typically opaque Kiev Security Service promised to disclose details of the operation later.

It is worth pointing out that Ukrainian authorities have limited the work of Russian media representatives several times, even banning entry into the country. In March 2015, Kiev suspended accreditation of at least 115 Russian media services from government bodies. And in 2017, there were 85 cases of physical aggression against journalists.

The oppression of the Ukrainian authorities was felt by the journalists of the media group Rossiya Segodnya. Last year, for example, RIA Novosti journalist Zahar Vinogradov and photo correspondent of the MIA Rossiya Segodnya Ramil Sitdkov agency were banned from entering the country, which was accredited for the Eurovision Song Contest, where singers from European countries, Australia and Israel competed. THis event was held last year in Kiev and in which Russia was banned from participating by the Ukrainian authorities.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe and international organizations to condemn Kiev’s policy towards journalists.

RIA Novosti, where Vyshinsky works, is part of the Rossiya Segodnya media group which also includes Sputnik.

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