Ukraine used UN General Assembly as a playground to stress on the release of political prisoners illegally held in Russia. In this case, the message concerned Stanislav Aseev, the Ukrainian reporter who is sentenced to 15 years behind the bars. Oleg Herasymenko, the country's Ambassador for special missions said so during the session of Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. Ukrinform quoted him as saying.
"In spite of the release of 35 Ukrainians by Russia, including Oleg Sentsov and Volodymyr Balukh, the Kremlin continues to ignore the calls of international organizations, political leaders and civil society to release the rest of Ukrainians who were encarcerated due to politically motivated charges", the diplomat said.
On October 22, Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseev was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the so-called "Donetsk People’s Republic".
Aseev was found guilty of a number of crimes under the articles "organization of extremist community", "espionage", "incitement to espionage", "public calls for carrying out extremist activities" and "public calls for actions aimed at violating the territorial integrity".
It was stated that from March 2015 to May 2017 Aseev "carried out a visual search of places of deployment of its “People's Militia” units and transmitted the obtained information via the Internet to the representatives of the State Security Service of Ukraine, knowing that the collected data will be used against the security of the “self-proclaimed Republic”.
The journalist was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment with revocation of journalist qualification for two years and six months, and a one-year imprisonment in a maximum-security prison.