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Self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic sentences Ukrainian journalist Aseev to 15 years in prison

The occupants claimed that Aseev "recruited pro-Ukrainian users on the social networks to collect and transmit information under the guise of carrying out journalistic activity"
13:43, 22 October 2019

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Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseev was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. It was reported by "DAN" with reference to Prosecutor’s Office of the self-proclaimed 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”.

Related: Two Ukrainians detained on "case of journalist Aseev" released from DNR captivity

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.

As we reported earlier, detained reported Stanyslav Aseev confessed to his spying on the camera of Russia-24. The confession could have been forcibly gotten, MP Yehor Firsov claimed this on Facebook.

‘The article on which I am accused under the legislation of the "DNR" is "espionage," then in this case, yes, I admit these accusations, I do not deny them and openly say that I really worked for the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine,’ he claimed in the interview.

Related: Detained Ukrainian reporter Aseev confesses to his spying on camera

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