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Crimean occupation court sentences journalist Iryna Danilovych to seven years in prison

28.12.2022, 11:54

The occupation court of Feodosia, Crimea, sentenced citizen journalist and human rights activist Iryna Danilovych to seven years in prison.

An IMI representative learned about this from her own sources.

Iryna Danilovych was sentenced to seven years in a general regime colony and a fine of 50,000 rubles on the charges of illegal storage and manufacture of explosives under Part 1 of Art. 222.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

As reported by the Crimean Human Rights Group, the part about the purchase and storage has been removed from the indictment, and only the carge of carrying explosives remained.

The "judge" decided that there was no inadmissible evidence in the case, and that Danilovych's guilt was fully proven. The prison term will be counted from the day she was detained – April 29.

As IMI reported, on August 29, in the russian-controlled Feodosia city court, a trial on merits of the case of citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych, who is accused of illegally storing explosives in a glasses case, has begun. The FSB accuses her of making an explosive device from an explosive substance and striking elements (medical needles) and keeping it on her person.

Iryna Danilovych was detained on April 29 in the occupied Crimea. She was detained on her way from work on the road from Koktebel to Feodosia. Her house in Vladislavivka village was searched, her phone and laptop were seized.

In late July, Danilovych said that officers of the Federal Security Service of the russian federation (FSB) beat her and continue to pressure her.

Iryna Danilovych worked as a nurse, and was also a citizen journalist, covering the problems of the health care system in Crimea and sharing information about the war in Ukraine. Before the war, Danilovych cooperated with several media and human rights initiatives (InZhyr-Media, Crimean Trial) and ran her own project, Crimean Medicine Unwrapped, where she wrote about the rights of healthcare professionals.

On November 15, human rights and media organizations issued a statement about the politically motivated trial against citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych, which is ongoing in occupied Crimea.

On November 22, Iryna Danolovych's letter where she spoke about the icreasing pressure from the detention center's administration became public.

On November 30, during a hearing at the Russian-controlled Feodosia city court, Danilovych said that FSB officers had beaten and strangled her.

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