Ukrainian Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Separatism Calls on the Internet

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

4th March, 2016


The Desnianskyi district court in Chernigov has sentenced a local resident to five years in prison for distribution of materials with anti-Ukrainian slogans.

According to the press service of the Prosecutor General, in June 2015, the man repeatedly circulated material on the Internet which called for actions aimed at changing the boundaries of the territory or the state border of Ukraine. It was noted that he did it for financial reward.

According to expert opinion, the widespread information contained public appeals aimed at conducting military operations with the aim of further expansion of illegal state formations (self-proclaimed republics).

In turn, the defendant did not plead guilty. However, the court still sentenced him to five years of imprisonment with the confiscation of property.

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