A Resident of the Kirovograd Region Was Given a Four Year Jail Sentence for Supporting Novorossiya on “VKontakte”

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Uspishna Varta

The persecution of social network users due to the posts they make continues. On
 October 31st the 57-year-old resident of Aleksandria (Kirovograd region) was sentenced to four and a half years of imprisonment for making appeals via the social network “VKontakte” [being the administrator of the community “Elisavetgrad-Kirovograd-Novorossiya” – ed] to forcefully replace the authorities in the country. The defendant had already been brought to trial for a similar “crime” and was given a conditional sentence.

As a rule, people who are detained for making posts on social networks are charged with deliberately distributing materials featuring appeals to commit deliberate actions for the purpose of changing the borders of the territory and state border of Ukraine (part 1 of article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). As of August there are 188 criminal proceedings on the these cases in the courts of Ukraine. This concerns users of social networks, journalists, and political activists who used their right to freedom of speech and opinion. The most part of detainees agree to reach a deal with the investigation and admit their guilt in exchange for a conditional sentence. During July-September such cases were recorded in Lutsk, Mariupol, and Melitopol.

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