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Case of Journalist Vladyslav Yesypenko Returned to Court of First Instance

Today, the ‘Supreme Court of Crimea’ was to consider an appeal against the verdict of the ‘Simferopol District Court’ against journalist Vladyslav Yesypenko, who was sentenced to 6 years in the penal colony.

The defense classifies the sentence as illegal, demands it to be overturned, and an acquittal to be pronounced.

However, the case was dropped and returned to the ‘Simferopol District Court’ to rectify the violations. “Judge” Dliaver Berberov should present lawyers copies of the minutes of the “court” sessions.

To remind:

  • On March 10, Vladyslav Yesypenko born in Kryvyi Rih was detained at Angarsky Pass. In the peninsula he was on the editorial assignment of KRYM.REALII media. For example, on the eve of his detention, he filmed laying flowers at a monument to Shevchenko in Simferopol.
  • The FSB stated that he allegedly worked for the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, and “an explosive device was found” in his car.
  • The journalist told the details of how Russian security agents had tortured him after his arrest on March 10 to extract a confession that he was allegedly working for Ukrainian intelligence. He, for instance, informed that the security agents had put a bag on his head and prevented him from breathing to obtain a guilty plea.
  • On February 16 ‘judge’ Dliaver Berberov found Mr. Yesypenko guilty of possessing and processing of an explosive device, sentenced him to 6 years in the general security penal colony and fined him RUR110,000.
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