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Court fines Ukrainian football fan for running on pitch during FIFA World Cup opener

Source : 112 Ukraine

The football supporter is obliged to pay almost 110 U.S. dollars
13:09, 20 June 2018

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The Khamovkicheskian court of Moscow fined the Ukrainian football supporter, who breached the public order during the FIFA World Cup game in Russia. Ulyana Solopova, the press secretary of the court said this on Wednesday as quoted by Interfax

'S.V. Kravchenko, the citizen of Ukraine is claimed guilty of the administrative violation. He faces punishment, specifically the fine to the amount of 7,000 rubles (almost 110 U.S. dollars, - 112 International)', she said.

According to the press secretary, Kravchenko is also banned from visiting official sports venues for six consecutive months. During the court session, the Ukrainian pleaded guilty.

The respective violation protocol appeared, as the fan entered the restricted area and ran onto the pitch during the World Cup opener in Moscow, where Russia played against Saudi Arabia. On June 15, the court recognized Kravchenko guilty. 

Earlier, Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's foreign minister assumed that the Russian government might agree on the release of Ukrainian political prisoners. 'It is possible, but not as a goodwill gesture; it's more about making Russia's image look better during the championship. We should use this opportunity and keep on working', Klimkin said.

He added that one should not count on the fast release of Ukrainian political prisoners. 

'We do realize that Russia is not going to release all of them in the coming days and weeks. It will keep on using these people to apply political pressure,' Klimnkin said.

Earlier, UN Secretary-General António Guterres received a letter from 38 countries in which they asked to aid liberate Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov illegally detained in Russia. Ukraine’s permanent representative to UN Volodymyr Yelchenko said that apart from Ukraine, the address was supported by the EU countries, The United States, Georgia, Moldova, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

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