Ukrainian citizens Hlyshchynska and Didenko come to Russia

Odessa journalists were convicted in Ukraine

Ukrainian citizens Olena Hlyshchynska and Vitaly Didenko have arrived in Moscow on board a Rossiya Airlines aircraft on June 14.

Hlyshchynska has come together with an underage child.

Before their arrival in Russia, Hlyshchynska had been held at an Odessa pretrial detention facility, and Didenko at a penitentiary in the Rovno region.

Hlyshchynska is a journalist, Director of the Odessa-based Svobodnaya Volna (Free Wave) regional TV and radio company. She was accused of separatism and treason and detained in Odessa in April 2015. She was an activist of the People's Rada of Bessarabia public movement, the declared goal of which was to protect the interests of national minorities of the Odessa region (Gagauz, Bulgarians, Moldovans and other nations), which, according to the movement, were infringed by the central authorities. Three Ukrainian citizens from among the movement’s organizers were arrested, writes TASS.

Didenko is the editor-in-chief of the Odessa city Information Center website. He was serving a prison term on charges of encroachment on territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The Kremlin noted that it is through the mediation of Viktor Medvedchuk, the Ukrainian presidential representative on humanitarian issues at the Trilateral Contact Group, that the release of Odessa journalists Olena Hlyshchynska, Vitaly Didenko has materialized.

"The release of Olena Hlyshchynska, her underage child who needs acute medical treatment, and Vitaly Didenko became possible thanks to the active efforts and through the mediation of Ukrainian special presidential representative on humanitarian issues at the Trilateral Contact Group Viktor Medvedchuk," the Russian presidential administration told reporters.

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