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Ukrainians Accused by Occupiers of “Attempt” to Assassinate Occupation “Mayor” of Berdiansk Have Been Convicted

The Southern Area Military Court of Rostov-na-Donu convicted Vitaliy Rastorhuyev and Volodymyr Kryvtsun: two Berdiansk residents charged with an attempt, as said, to assassinate Aleksandr Saulenko, Berdiansk occupation “Mayor”.

The CHRG reports that Volodymyr Kryvtsun has been sentenced to 11 years and Vitaliy Rastorhuyev – to 12 years. Both were charged with violation of RF CC Article 30-3, Article 361-1 (“preparation to act of international terror”).

To remind: Vitaliy Rastorhuyev was detained by the occupation authorities in the city of Berdiansk, Zaporizhzhia Region, on July 13, 022, approximately at 02:00 – 03:00pm. He was detained together with his friend Volodymyr Kryvtsun on charges of having planted an explosive device in the car of Berdiansk occupation administration official. On the same day, about 04:00pm the armed people came to Mr. Rastorhuyev’s home and started searching.

Some time they were kept in the city police unit building.

As the CHRG found out, in June 2023, Volodymyr and Vitaliy were moved to Simferopol and kept in the Pre-Trial Detention Center no 2. The occupation “investigation’ bodies accused the men of assassination attack, as said, at Aleksandr Saulenko, Berdiansk occupation “Mayor”. They were charged with violating RF CC Article 30-3, Article 361-1.

When Mr. Rastorhuyev had been moved to Simferopol, “Kievskiy District Court” of Simferopol decided on his keeping in custody. It is worth noting that the “court” decision stated Vitaliy’s detention on December 29, 2022, though in fact he had been abducted in July 2022.

On September 4, 2023, Vitaliy Rastorhuyev and Volodymyr Kryvtsun were transported to Rostov-na-Donu and kept in Pre-Trial Detention Center no 1.

On January 9, 2024, the Southern Area Military Court extended the detention periods of Vitaliy and Volodymyr till May 2, 2024.



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