In Belarus, 29-year-old Alexei Yershov, who fought on the side of DNR militants in eastern Ukraine, was sentenced to two years of restriction of freedom. The corresponding decision during a closed session was approved by the court of Vitebsk, the newspaper Nasha Niva reports.
Yershov was convicted under part 1 of Art. 361-3 CC ("Participation in the armed formation of one of the opposing sides in the territory of a foreign state, as well as participation in armed conflict, military operations without the authority of the state in the absence of signs of mercenarism").
It is noted that Yershov posted pictures from the battlefields in social networks. In open access authorities found photos, where he poses with firearms, tanks at the entrance to Donetsk.
The publication notes that earlier Belarusians who are fighting in the territory of foreign states could be convicted only under the article "mercenary", but then, on the initiative of the KGB, changes were made in the Criminal Code, as a result of which those who do not fight for money, but from ideological convictions could also go to the jail.