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Vyshynsky's lawyer says he might be exchanged for Sushchenko

Vyshynsky's lawyer says he might be exchanged for Sushchenko

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Andriy Domansky, the lawyer of Kyrylo Vyshynsky, the Chief Editor of RIA News, does not exclude that he can be exchanged for the Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, which was sentenced to 12 years in a high-security prison for espionage in Moscow today. The lawyer informed Interfax Ukraine about it.
We do not exclude it. Kyrylo Vyshynskymade a relevant statement on Friday, he realizes that he is an object of the exchange, that it was a special operation prepared for a particular moment. It is clear for us. Kyrylo decided to withdraw from Ukrainian citizenship from this perspective, he said.
Besides, the lawyer stated that today they have sent a letter to Ukraines President Administration about Vyshenkys withdrawal from Ukrainian citizenship.

And we would like to record its sending to the Presidents Administration manually. We would not like it to get lost somewhere. Besides, I will remind you, Kyrylo Vyshynskyhas made an official statement about his withdrawal from Ukrainian citizenship at the court session and mass media made it public, the lawyer stated.
As we reported theworkers of the Security Service of Ukraine(SBU) and theProsecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimeahas exposed the network of the media entities controlled by the Russian Federation. The law enforcement bodies held the investigative actions at the office of RIA News-Ukraine.

On May 15, the SBU considered thedetention of the head of RIA News Ukraine agencys office.
Kremlin has already responded to the incident and calledthe actions of the SBU outrageous. Also, Russia promised to assume reciprocalmeasures.Then, the state sent aprotest note over searchesat the mass media office.
Later it was reported that the actions ofVyshynskywere preliminarilyqualified as the state treason.The same day the SBU reported that KyryloVyshynskyis nowofficially suspected ofstate treason.
TheMoscow city court put Roman Sushchenko behind the bars for 12 years. The jury granted the motion of the prosecution and sentenced the Ukrainian for the alleged espionage in favor of Ukraines Defence Ministry.

The case against Sushchenko was carried out in camera, so the court announced only the preface and the conclusions of the sentence.
Roman Sushchenko was detained in Moscow in September 2016, when he arrived in Russia for a private visit. Russias federal security service accused him ofspying,while being on an undercover mission for Ukraines military intelligence. The Ukrainian side denied this, calling Russias actions another politically motivated provocation. Ukraines Foreign Ministry demands to release Sushchenko and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners, illegally held in detention in Russia.
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