HOTLINE050 447 70 63
We are available 24/7
Leave your contact details
and we contact you
Thank you for reaching out

Or contact us:

info@imi.org.ua

050 447 70 63

File a complaint

The court acquitted commentator of media outlet “Poltavshchyna”, who was accused of separatism

10.08.2020, 22:29

On August 7, Oktiabrskiy district court of Poltava acquitted and judged not guilty citizen M., who was accused of calls to change the borders of Ukraine in his comments at the website of online media outlet “Poltavshchyna”, “Poltavshchyna” reports.

According to the media outlet, in 2018 the oblast SBU branch accused the commentator of “Poltavshchyna” with a nickname Myshko of crime described in part 1, article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“Calls to change the borders of the territory of Ukraine”). The punishment for this crime is from three to five years in prison.

The accused Poltava resident constantly commented the news at the website since 2010. After his main account was blocked, he registered several hundreds of various nicknames, most of them got banned, too. In his comments, he did not hide his pro-Russian views and often made derogatory statements about Ukrainian state and statehood.

The court, however, judged that the comments were satirical evaluative judgments that, according to the law, are not to be punished for. 

Liked the article?
Help us be even more cool!
Do you want to be first to learn about the new research of the Institute of Mass Information? Subscribe to the newsletter!
Thank you for suscribing!