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Court of Appeal Reconsidered Yesypenko’s Sentence: Service Period Reduced by Year

The “Supreme Court of Crimea” considered an appeal against the sentence of the “Simferopol District Court” against journalist Vladislav Yesypenko, who was sentenced to 6 years in the penal colony: the term was reduced.

According to his wife, Mrs. Kateryna Yesypenko, the “court” sentenced to 5 years in the general security penal colony, and a fine of RUR105,000.

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.
  • On May 26, the ‘Supreme Court of Crimea’ was to consider an appeal against the Vladyslav Yesypenko’s verdict, but dropped the case and returned it to the “court” of first instance to rectify the violations: to present the court session protocol to the defence. The court judgement was not cancelled, with only a technical issue to be resolved.
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