Kirill Vyshinsky

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Kirill Vyshinsky
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Native name
Вышинский, Кирилл Валериевич
Born19 February 1967
Dnipropetrovsk (now Dnipro)
Citizenship Soviet Union Ukraine/ Russia
EmployerRIA Novosti
Criminal chargetreason
Criminal statusawaiting trial

Kirill Valeryevich Vyshinsky (Russian: Кирилл Валериевич Вышинский; Ukrainian: Кирило Валерійович Вишинський) (born 19 February 1967) is a journalist.[1] He was the director of RIA Novosti's Ukraine branch (2014-2018).[1] In 2018, Vyshinsky was arrested in Ukraine on charges of treason. In September 2019 he was exchanged to Russia where he continued his journalistic career.


Kirill Vyshinsky was born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR.[2] He received a Russian passport in 2015.[3] On 1 June 2018, after his arrest, he said in court: "I declare my withdrawal from my Ukrainian citizenship -- from this moment I consider myself only a citizen of Russia."[3]

Journalistic and Social Activities[edit]

In 1996-1998, Kirill Vyshinsky became the editor-in-chief of the local Dnipropetrovsk Channel 11, which at the time, belonged to Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko, and then came under the control of Viktor Pinchuk. From 1999 to 2006, Vyshinsky was the lead editor on ICTV.

In 2006, Vyshinsky became editor-in-chief of information services for the television and radio company Creative Production Association “Telefabrika”, and he was nominated as a candidate for deputy of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council from the Dnipropetrovsk branch of the People's Party.

From 2006 to 2014, Vyshinsky worked as a correspondent for the program "Vesti" in Ukraine. Vyshinsky covered the 2013-2014 Euromaidan protests and the 2014 Ukrainian revolution After “Euromaidan”, Vyshinsky became editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti - Ukraine.

On September 30, 2015, Vyshinsky, a Ukrainian citizen, became a dual-citizen after receiving Russian citizenship. Ukrainian law does not recognise dual citizenship.[4] However, since Ukraine became independent in 1991 there have been several (media) reports that there are citizens of Ukraine who hold dual citizenship.[5]

Arrest, trial and exchanged to Russia[edit]

Vyshinsky was arrested in Kiev by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on 15 May 2018. On 17 May, the Kherson City Court ordered him held for two months on charges of high treason.[1] He was accused that his news agency was involved in a "hybrid information war" waged by Russia against Ukraine.[6] Since the 2014 annexation of Crimea by Russia Russia–Ukraine relations have been hostile.[7][8] OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir expressed "serious concern".[9] The Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva said about Vishinsky's case that he "condemns any attempts to arrest people for their political views."[10] Russian President Vladimir Putin said he considered the arrest to be "absolutely unprecedented and absolutely unacceptable".[11] The United States Department of State "shares Ukraine's concern about Russian propaganda but added that Ukraine must ensure it abides by the law, including international human rights law."[1]

After his arrest, Vyshinsky was awaiting trial in Ukraine.[10] On 28 August 2019 Vyshinsky was released from prison pending trial.[6] On 7 September, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced that Vyshinsky had "returned to Russia" in the context of a prisoner exchange with Ukraine.[12] Vyshinsky thanked the OSCE's media freedom representative Harlem Désir who had called for Vyshinsky's release.[13] On 9 September 2019 Vyshinsky was appointed executive director of Rossiya Segodnya.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Ukraine Court Orders Russian Journalist Held On Suspicion Of Treason". RFE/RL. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Орден от Путина и российское гражданство: в чем обвиняют Кирилла Вышинского" (in Ukrainian). 15 May 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Journalist Jailed In Ukraine Asks Putin For Help; Gives Up Ukrainian Citizenship". RFE/RL. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  4. ^ Constitution of Ukraine: Article 4 Archived 2011-05-21 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ (in Ukrainian) З життя українських олігархів – вілла Коломойського на Женевському озері, Ukrayinska Pravda (March 10, 2009)
    Посольство Украины подтвердило гибель трех украинцев в крушении Як-42 (in Russian). Moscow: RIA Novosti. 7 September 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Russian Journalist Vyshinsky Freed Pending Trial In Kyiv". RFE/RL. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Ukraine crisis: What's going on in Crimea?". BBC News. 12 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Zelensky: Border only "common" thing between Ukraine, Russia". Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  9. ^ "OSCE Representative raises concern over raid against Russian News Agency and TV today in Ukraine". OSCE. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  10. ^ a b "US using Daesh like 'an ally' against Assad – Lavrov (video)". Al-Masdar News. 24 November 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Putin's Direct Line and Ukraine". 8 June 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Kremlin welcomes exchange of detainees conducted between Russia and Ukraine". TASS. 7 September 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Russia and Ukraine trade prisoners, each fly 35 to freedom". Star-Advertiser. Honolulu. Associated Press. 7 September 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
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