The Ukrainian court announced the verdict in the case of Yuriy Marchukov, the Russian citizen who served with the illegal armed units of the self-proclaimed 'Luhansk people's republic', the LNR. UNN news agency reported that, with the reference to the court's verdict.
According to the case materials, Marchukov was born in Irkutsk oblast, northern Russia. In December 2014, he joined the illegal armed formation called 'Prizrak' (Russian for 'The Ghost', - 112 International). He guarded checkpoints and infrastructure objects in the occupied territories in Donbas. In early 2015, he left 'Prizrak' and joined the Russian 'Cossacks', where he worked as a security guard, too. The Russian was detained in March 2015 in Cherkasy region, central Ukraine, soon after the illegal crossing of the Ukrainian border.
Marchukov cooperated with the court and pleaded guilty.
The jury found that the prosecution failed to prove that he willingly and deliberately served with LNR, aiming to destroy the constitutional order in Ukraine. The court also took into account his honest confession, his poor health conditions and the positive qualities.
The court decided to resort to an exceptional case and assigned less serious sentence than the one foreseen by the minimal sanction of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. In late June, Marchukov was sentenced to five years and eight months. Besides, the jury had his prison term re-calculated according to the 'Savchenko law'; it foresees that in case of the next prison term for an individual, the court counts the previous term under which the person served time. In this case, each day in detention is counted as two. Thus, Marchukov appears to have served five years and seven months from his entire term.
The 'Savchenko law' was passed by the Ukrainian Parliament in November 2017; after tough criticism among the experts and common citizens, it was canceled.