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Published in Stream:
Day 845: June 11, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Russian FSB Opens 'Terrorism' Case Against Russian Journalist Yevgeny Kiselyov in Ukraine; Aunt Searched
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Yevgeny Kiselyov, a Russian newscaster who moved to Ukraine to have greater press freedom reported in a blog post on Ekho Moskvy that the Federal Security Service (FSB) has opened a criminal case against him on charges of "public calls for terrorism," reports.

Kiselyov has worked for some years at Ukraine's Inter TV, first as a host and then as a news producer. He believes the charges could be related to his support of Ukrainian soldier Nadiya Savchenko and a statement he once made on air that Ukraine should act more harshly, just as the Russian government had throughout the saga of Savchenko's imprisonment.

"Now the retaliatory fire has come," commented Kisilyov about the punishment for his remarks. The FSB and police searched the Moscow apartment of his 88-year-old aunt, where he is registered but no longer lives.

Following a requirement under Russian law, they brought with them "witnesses," but these individuals did not present ID and one was dressed as a Cossack. Nothing was found or confiscated, he added.

Kiselyov's wife was threatened by Russian authorities with being brought in forcibly for interrogation, although she was already questioned and invoked Art. 51 of the Russian Constitution, under which a citizen is not required to give testimony against himself or close relatives. In his blog post, Kiselyov said (translated by The Interpreter):

"No matter what threats are made against me, no matter what mud they try to sling at me, no matter how they try to intimidate me -- whether in Moscow or Kiev or anywhere else, I do not intend to retreat from my convictions.
I believe that Putin is 'armed and very dangerous.'

All of his policies, foreign and domestic, are subordinated to one goal -- to hang on to power at any price, and to lead Russia to disaster. This must be prevented."


According to Ukrinform, Kiselyov has issued an open letter to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko requesting political asylum in Ukraine, where he has resided for a number of years. 

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick