The Court of Odessa Sentenced in Absentia an Anti-Maidan Protestor to 5 Years in Jail

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The Primorsky district court of Odessa in absentia sentenced to 5 years of prison one of the participants of the riots on May 2nd 2014 in Odessa and leader of the local “Anti-Maidan” Denis Yatsyuk. This was stated in the court verdict.

The investigation found that Yatsyuk, being on the territory of the Crimea annexed by Russia, made a video appeal in which he publicly summoned an unlimited circle of people for a protest movement in Odessa and other cities for the separation of the Southeast regions from Ukraine and the creation of the “Republic of Novorossiya”.

The court interrogated 8 witnesses, who explained that Yatsyuk is a participant of the tragic events in Odessa on May 2nd 2014 and supports the fighters in Donbass.

He is also one of the leaders of the “Odessa Druzhina — Anti-Maidan” organisation and was an initiator of the creation of the “Odessa People’s Republic”.

The court found Yatsyuk guilty under Part 1 of Article 110 (public calls to commit deliberate actions for the purpose of changing the borders of the territory and the state border of Ukraine) of the Criminal Code.

The convict was in absentia sentenced to 5 years of prison.

The court tasked the Security Service of Ukraine with detaining the convict and bringing him to a penal institution.

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