In his opinion, the story of Vyshinsky is in many ways similar to the story of Nadezhda Savchenko, who was sentenced in Russia to 22 years in the case of the murder of VGTRK journalists in the Donbass.

After the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, signed a decree for her pardon, she was taken to Kiev. On the same day, Russian citizens Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov, convicted in Ukraine on charges of terrorist activities, flew to Moscow by plane of the SCC “Russia” and were also pardoned by the President of Ukraine.

“If you remember, everything was the same. She, too (like Oleg Sentsov. - RT ) held a hunger strike. Then we managed to remove her from this hunger strike by writing a letter with such a request on behalf of President Poroshenko and passing through her lawyer. After that, she was exchanged for our citizens, whom the Ukrainian authorities accused of terrorism, ”said Lexus.

At the same time, he stressed that there is an important difference in the situation with Vyshinsky.

“Vyshinsky, in addition to Russian, also has Ukrainian citizenship, and therefore Zelensky has no right to exchange him forcibly. Let me remind you that Zelensky himself declared that he did not want to divide the Ukrainians either by language or by ideological grounds. I believe that this is an unequal exchange, but in any case, if the dialogue goes on, it means everything is not lost, ”said Lexus.

Earlier, Julia Mendel, a spokeswoman for Zelensky, said that the office of the head of state offered to release Oleg Sentsov, who was convicted of terrorism, at the same time as Kirill Vyshinsky.

Zelensky confirmed that Ukraine is ready to consider the transfer of Kirill Vyshinsky to Russia if Russia releases Oleg Sentsov.

In mid-June, Russian prankters Vladimir Kuznetsov (Vovan) and Alexey Stolyarov (Lexus) talked on the phone with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greming and found out what his attitude was to the arrest in Kiev of the head of RIA Novosti Ukraine Kirill Vyshinsky. The recording of the conversation, during which the prankkers presented themselves as prime ministers of Ukraine and Armenia, Vladimir Groysman and Nikol Pashinyan, was published on YouTube.

When asked whether Kiev should let Vyshinsky go, Greminger replied that “the international community will take it well” and that “this may surprise many”.