Former TV presenter Yuri Kot is accused of high treason

20:11 05 August Kyiv, Ukraine

Former Ukrainian TV presenter of the TV channel Inter, Yuriy Kot, who now lives in Russia and distributes Russian propaganda narratives, has been charged with treason. Under this article, he can face from 15 years to life imprisonment.

This was reported in the Office of the Prosecutor General, and the text of the message of suspicion was published on the website of the prosecutor's office.
 
The case against Kot was opened on 17 May. According to the investigation, during the Revolution of Dignity in 2013-2014, he was the host of the "anti-Maidan", and after that he moved to live in Russia. The TV presenter publicly supported pro-Russian militants in the Donbass, and also worked for the state-owned Russian propaganda news agency Rossiya Segodnya and the News Front news agency.
“Yuri Kot was engaged in informational distortion of events during the Euromaidan. In addition, he incited inter-ethnic conflicts, fomented separatist sentiments among Ukrainians and created a false image of part of the Ukrainian population as "national fascists," the report says.
Since the beginning of the full-scale military invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine, Yuriy Kot, a native of Zhytomyr, has supported the actions of the Russian authorities, stating this publicly, in particular, in his telegram channel. There, he presents distorted information about historical and political facts and spreads pro-Kremlin narratives that discredit Ukrainians.
 
It is worth noting that in 1991-2011, Yuriy Kot worked on the Inter TV channel, and in the period from 2007 to 2014 he was a presenter at the National Public Television and Radio Company.