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The OSCE expressed concern about the situation, RIA Novosti-Ukraine

16 May 2018, 01:00 | Erica Roy

Ruslan Shamukov TASS

Ruslan Shamukov  TASS

Relations between Kiev and Moscow have been tense since Russian Federation annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and supported Ukrainian separatists in the region.

The raids and detention came just hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin was to open a bridge that will provide the first direct road connection to the Crimean Peninsula which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

The report said that the raids took place at five sites that are used "specified media" (RIA Novosti-Ukraine - ed.) and at the place of residence of its individual functionaries.

A spokeswoman for the SBU, Elena Gitlyanskaya confirmed that the SBU conducted searches at the Kiev office of Russian news agency RIA Novosti today.

"Today we can say that he received 53,000 a month for such activities", said Kononenko. "The money was subsequently distributed to the groups and people involved. I am sure that during the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly the Russian delegation will call for condemnation of journalists' detention", Slutsky told reporters.

While Kiev continues to its "pre-trial investigation" against RIA Ukraine and Vyshinsky, the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the crackdown on journalists, echoing an earlier statement by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who called Tuesday's raids "outrageous". "A person in his condition can not do without medicine", she said, adding she did not have immediate information about her husband's condition.

"We will act aggressively and protect the interests of Russian media to the fullest extent".

In a statement published on the website of the ministry the spokeswoman said that Kiev had intensified "repressive activities in the information space, ranging from attacks on and deportation of Russian and foreign journalists from Ukraine to provocations against Russian diplomats on global media platforms".

"Kiev made a decision to take revenge on us for the Crimean bridge", she said on her Twitter feed.

Another journalist, Andrey Borodin, the head of the Ukraine-based office of RIA Novosti, said that searches at his home lasted for 11 hours on Tuesday.

CPJ was unable to determine Vyshynsky's whereabouts or whether he had been formally charged.

The Ukrainian government is wary of Russian media and entertainment, accusing Moscow of distributing disinformation aimed at sowing tension and destabilizing the country.

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