"The United States is deeply troubled by the decision of a court in Russian-occupied Crimea against Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist Mykola Semena, convicting him of separatism charges and handing down a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence and a ban on future journalistic activity. This conviction was based on the fact that Mr. Semena had criticized Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea in his writing. We call on the Russian occupation authorities to vacate Mr. Semena's conviction, allow him to resume his journalistic activity, and cease their campaign to stifle dissent in Crimea," the message says.
The State Department also reiterated its position that "Crimea remains an integral part of Ukraine, and the United States remains steadfast in its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine."
As it was reported earlier the Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena is accused of extremism for allegedly undermining the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation in the annexed Crimea.
United States also condemned the sentence of Criman Tatar Akhtem Chyigoz. U.S. State Department said Russia is persecuting Crimean Tatars.