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Occupiers' court in Crimea reduces journalist Yesypenko's "sentence"

18.08.2022, 13:07
Vladyslav Yesypenko in Crimean "Supreme Court," May 26, 2022. Photo by Graty
Vladyslav Yesypenko in Crimean "Supreme Court," May 26, 2022. Photo by Graty

The so-called "court of appeal" in Simferopol in the occupied Crimea has "reduced" the sentence of Radio Liberty freelancer Vladyslav Yesypenko from 6 to 5 years in a general regime colony. This was announced by the political prisoner's wife Kateryna Yesypenko on Facebook.

Yesypenko will also have to pay a "fine" of 110,000 russian rubles.

As IMI reported, on February 16, the russian-controlled Simferopol District Court sentenced Krym.Realii freelancer Vladyslav Yesypenko to six years in penal colony for alleged illegal storage and transportation of an explosive device.

Speaking in court on February 15, Yesypenko said the case was politically motivated.

On March 10, 2021, russian FSB officers detained "Radio Svoboda" freelancer journalist Vladyslav Yesypenko in the occupied Crimea. Yesypenko took part in a demonstration dedicated to Taras Shevchenko's birth anniversary, which took place in Simferopol on March 9. Vladyslav Yesypenko was charged with gathering information "in the interests of Ukraine's special services," including the Foreign Intelligence Service, the russian FSB's Public Relations Center reported. According to the FSB, Yesypenko "had been performing photo and video recording of the area, welfare facilities, and places of mass gatherings of people in the Crimea."

Vladyslav Yesypenko has stated that FSB investigators had tortured him in order to extract a confession from him.

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