Woman Receives Two-Year Jail Sentence for Kharkov “Separatism”

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

14th January, 2016


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In the Chuguev district of the Kharkov region,  a single mother born in 1990, who worked as a cook in a kindergarten, was condemned on charges of separatism. At the time of sentencing the woman had already been in prison in Kharkiv for 11 months.

The essence of criminal acts, according to investigators and court, came down to the fact that the defendant was involved with the group “Voice of Kharkiv” on the social network “Vkontakte”, with “ads in the form of calls on the subject of the establishment of a “Kharkiv people’s Republic” and “Donetsk national Republic” and “Luhansk people’s Republic” by separating the territories of Ukraine without a referendum”. In addition, the woman was accused of propaganda “pressure on Pro-Ukrainian activists and the destruction of state symbols of Ukraine”.

The court sentenced the single mother to 22 months of imprisonment, but she was limited to serving the remaining time on her original sentence, equating one day in detention to two days.

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