The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed a strong protest in connection with the arrest of Oleh Prykhodko in the Russian Federation, calling this case politically motivated. This was stated by the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova, according to the press service of the ministry.
"This case is politically motivated. Oleh's lawyer has repeatedly drawn attention of the so-called "court" to numerous procedural violations during the pre-trial investigation, as well as to the complete rejection by the "judges" of the substantiated evidence provided by the defense that the Ukrainian was not involved in the incriminated acts. Today's verdict is another manifestation of the systemic policy of intimidation of all who are against the occupation of Crimea," Dzhaparova said.
The ministry expressed a strong protest and called on the international community to condemn the practice of prosecuting dissent using illegal force methods and anti-terrorist legislation, as well as to demand from Russia to stop violating international law in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
As we reported earlier, the court in Russia Rostov-on-Don has sentenced Crimean citizen Oleh Prykhodko to five years in high-security prison as Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova reported on Telegram.
“Today, South district military court of Rostov-on-Don has delivered an illicit verdict to our comrade on trumped-up criminal case on supposed attempt to commit the terrorist act,” the message says.
The first year of the term, Oleh Prykhodko has to spend in jail – high-security prison, where the prisoners stay in cells all the time.
Moreover, Prykhodko has to pay a fine in the sum of 110,000 rubles (37,600 hryvnia or $1,351).