Court hearing in the case of former leader of pro-Russian 'Party of Regions'

17:17, 16 January 2017

The hearing into Oleksandr Yefremov’s case took place in Starobilsky district court of Luhansk region. The jury ruled to provide the former head of the Party of Regions with a free lawyer due to the fact that his own lawyers didn’t show up at the hearing.

Yefremov is suspected in state treason, organization of the takeover of the building of the state regional administration in Luhansk in spring 2014. He also faced charges of assisting in the takeover of Ukraine’s Security Service office in Luhansk region, when it was captured by pro-Kremlin militants.

Yefremov, the former leader of the pro-Russian force, Party of Regions, denies his guilt in all cases.