"I appeal to President Poroshenko, whom I know personally and with whom we've done some good things. I declare my withdrawal from Ukrainian citizenship, and from this moment I consider myself only a citizen of the Russian Federation. I appeal to President Putin to grant me legal protection and take measures regarding my release," Hromadske quoted Vyshynskyi as saying, Censor.NET reports cirting UNIAN.
On May 15, the law enforcers said they exposed network of Kremlin-controlled media outlets based in Ukraine and apprehended Head of RIA Novosti-Ukraine news agency Vyshynskyi. Russian Defense Ministry decorations and Russian pasport were found during the search at Vyshynskyi's apartment.
It was established that in spring 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea, Vyshynskyi produced anti-Ukrainian materials and received a medal "For the Return of Crimea" from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the SBU said. Vyshynskyi jointly with several other journalists started actively supporting terrorist organizations in Donbas, the "DPR" and the "LPR," after his return from Crimea in 2014.
SBU Deputy Chief Viktor Kononenko said Vyshynskyi had been monthly paid 53,000 euros for discrediting the Armed Forces of Ukraine. "53,000 euros for subversive activities is only a proven amount. According to our data, the financing exceeds 100,000 euros per month," Kononenko said at a briefing in Kyiv on May 15.
Vyshinsky's lawyer said on May 16 that his client had been transferred by Ukrainian law enforcers from Kyiv to Kherson for hearings on a preventive measure. The Kherson City Court in Ukraine's south ruled on May 17 that Vyshinsky be arrested until July 13 pending investigation of the charges against him.