In Crimea, the court softened the sentence of the convicted journalist for possession of weapons

The Crimean Supreme Court commuted the sentence of Radio Liberty freelancer (the Ministry of Justice recognized him as a foreign agent) Vladislav Esipenko, convicted of illegal acquisition and possession of weapons and explosives, the press service of the court told Kommersant.

“According to the results of the appeal, the Supreme Court, having studied the case materials, decided to change the sentence of the Simferopol District Court, recognizing as a mitigating circumstance the active contribution to the disclosure and investigation of the crime, in connection with which the convicted Esipenko was reduced the sentence for a year: from six to five years of imprisonment in a general regime correctional colony and a fine of 105,000 rubles,” the court clarified.

Recall that Vladislav Esipenko was detained in March last year at the Angarsk Pass in Crimea. While searching his car, the police found and seized an improvised explosive device. He was also suspected of espionage activities, but they could not prove this fact. The prosecution requested 11 years in prison for Esipenko, but the Simferopol District Court sentenced him to six years in prison and a fine of 110 thousand rubles.

At the court session of the court of first instance, the defendant pleaded not guilty, saying that he considered the case to be political, since he worked as a journalist for a Ukrainian publication.

Read more about the case in Kommersant’s article “Crimean bomber is deprived of ‘Freedom'”.

Alexander Dremlyugin, Simferopol

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