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Ukraine will block RIA Novosti and other publications of “Russia Today”

Poroshenko ordered to limit access to the media for three years because of participation in the “hybrid information war”.

RIA Novosti's office in Moscow. Photo by Anton Denisov, RIA Novosti
RIA Novosti’s office in Moscow. Photo by Anton Denisov, RIA Novosti

MIA “Russia Today” and its information partner “RIA Novosti Ukraine” are included in the sanctions list, their work should be limited to the territory of Ukraine. This is stated in the new version of the restrictive decree published on the website of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Together with the site of RIA Novosti, which is managed by the agency, under the three-year lock also came the publication of “R-Sport”, “Prime” and “RIA Real Estate”.

On May 15, the Security Service of Ukraine carried out searches at the office of RIA Novosti Ukraine and the apartment of the correspondent of the newspaper Lyudmila Lysenko. On the same day, law enforcement officers detained the head of the publication Kirill Vyshinsky.

According to the official version, the Ukrainian authorities suspect the RIA that the agency controlled by the Russian government participated in the “hybrid information war against Ukraine.”

The editor-in-chief of the MIA “Russia Today” and the agency RT Margarita Simonyan stated that the pressure on the publication is connected with his coverage of the opening of the Crimean bridge. Director General MIA Dmitry Kiselev called on the Ukrainian authorities to immediately release Vyshinsky.

On May 18, a protest action was held in front of the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow in support of an employee of the Ukrainian partner RIA Novosti. It was attended by about two hundred people, including agency staff, as well as representatives of the LDPR and the All-Russian People’s Front.

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