Permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich

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VIENNA, may 31. /TASS/. Kiev has stepped up propaganda about a mythical “Russian aggression” and roughly cleans the information space. The OSCE should draw conclusions from this situation, including the re-enactment of the murder of Arkady Babchenko. This was stated on Thursday, Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich at a meeting of the Permanent Council of the organization in Vienna.

“Kiev is trying to hide from the citizens of Ukraine and the international community the real situation. Intensified propaganda about the mythical “Russian aggression”. Roughly cleans the information space. Ukraine is rapidly sliding toward totalitarianism,” – said Lukashevich.

In this regard, Lukashevich recalled that “on may 24, the Ukrainian authorities three years shut down the broadcasting of Russian news Agency “Russia today” and “RIA Novosti Ukraine” . “Despite the condemnation of this discriminatory act by the OSCE representative on freedom of the media, a number of key human rights NGOs and journalistic associations, access to the websites of Russian news agencies were blocked, stressed the Ambassador. – The court in Kherson has postponed consideration of the appeal for the arrest of the head of the portal “RIA Novosti Ukraine” Kirill Vyshinsky”.

In addition, on may 26, Ukrainian border guards were not allowed in the country of two Russian journalists. According to Lukashevich, 18 may deliberate fire Armed forces of Ukraine was covered with a film crew of VGTRK, who prepared the report near the village of Kruta Balka. The result was the injured Russian journalist Pavel Vydrin and sound engineer Igor Uklein.

Not bypassed the Ambassador and the situation with the re-enactment of the assassination in Kiev of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko. The Poprad has underlined that Russia considers unacceptable the re-enactment of the murder Babchenko in Ukraine, which was used for propaganda manipulation.

“As you know, yesterday, may 30 – the security Service of Ukraine reported that the reporter [Arkady Babchenko] in fact alive, and his “pseudolite” was staged in a certain part of the RAID. We are certainly glad that a Russian citizen is alive. But it is unacceptable to use false information, besides associated with a person’s life, for evident propaganda manipulation,” – said Lukashevich.

“What happened with the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, just beyond, – added the Ambassador. – The confidence of the international community to the policy of Kiev seriously undermined. Sure that participating States, OSCE institutions, the journalistic community and the relevant international institutions will draw conclusions from this situation.”

Lock media and business Babchenko

May 24 it became known that the MIA “Russia today” and the Agency “RIA Novosti Ukraine” was included in the updated sanctions list of Kiev on the basis of the decision of the Council of national security and defense of Ukraine from may 2 of this year. Ukrainian providers were ordered to block access to sites: ressesion.of the Russian Federation, sputniknews.com, ria.ru, rsport.ria.ru, 1prime.ru, realty.ria.ru and rian.com.ua.

May 29, the police of Kiev reported that Babchenko was gunned down in his home. However, in the framework of the security Service of Ukraine said that in fact, the secret service conducted the operation to prevent his murder. In the Council convened in Kiev on Wednesday a briefing by the head of Department Vasily Gritsak has declared that the journalist has not suffered, and then he Babchenko came to the journalists. Hrycak was accused of organizing the assassination of Russian intelligence services and said that on Wednesday afternoon, the organizer prepared the crime was arrested.