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Detained RT contributor could be taken to Kiev for further interrogation

Published time: May 20, 2014 21:01
Edited time: May 21, 2014 04:40

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RT contributing journalist Graham Phillips who was detained by the National Guard at a check point in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, may be turned over to the Ukrainian Security Service and sent to Kiev, a source told RT.

RT lost contact with its contributing journalist Graham Phillips over six hours ago after he was detained at a checkpoint in Mariupol earlier on Tuesday.

A source familiar with the incident said that security services confiscated the British journalist’s phone after he described his detention in a phone call with RT.

The National Guard was reportedly ready to release Phillips on condition that he deletes all the footage he recorded near the roadblock and turns over his body armor and helmet.

After the journalist refused to do so, his captors called Ukrainian Security Service who then confiscated his photo and video recording equipment and decided to send him to Kiev.

“I’m sitting at a blockade post in a portacabin. The dialogue is quite interrogation oriented,” Phillips earlier told RT in a phone call. “They’ve taken my bulletproof jacket and my helmet, but on the other hand they haven’t in any way inflicted any form of injury or any actions on my person,” he added before contact with him was lost.

Upon being contacted by RT, the UK Foreign Office said it was looking into Phillips' detention and "stands ready to provide consular assistance."

The British national's previous record of reporting for RT has already worked against him. Two weeks ago Ukrainian radicals put a bounty out on Phillips. The Right Sector reportedly offered $10,000 for the capture of “the Russian spy.”

Meanwhile, RT Arabic’s news crew who arrived in Kiev to cover the upcoming May 25 Ukrainian presidential election has not been allowed into the country and was sent back to Moscow under the pretext that they were unable to properly explain the purpose of their visit, despite being accredited by the Ukrainian Central Election Commission.

Comments (29)


Nischpah 21.05.2014 13:47

Why isn't London protesting?


Matt Janovic 21.05.2014 12:49

According to the Telegraph,<The prince then said 'And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler'.
"I must say that I agree with him and am sure a lot of people do. I was very surprised that he made the comment as I know they [members of the Royal Family] aren’t meant to say these things but it was very heartfelt and honest." The Prince made the comment during a visit to a museum of immigration in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he met a woman who had lost relatives in the Nazi holocaust.
I am afraid that the poor old royal fool is a true believer, with a better fantasy than many poor Natoists who post here.


Nigel Hedley 21.05.2014 10:50

thomas murphy 21.05.2014 10:32

now we have Charles the next god help us King of GB
making comments about Putin being another Hitler it would be more appropriate for him to speak up for the injustices his family has caused .


. . . I am no major fan of the royal family, but please get it right . . . the woman he spoke to said that she could not "exactly remember" the phrase the prince had used, but that he then "said something to the effect of 'it is not unlike what is now happening in Russia, what Putin is doing'" . . . no mention of Hitler . . . no comparison of Putin with Hitler

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