Crimean Activist Sentenced to 6 Years For Online Posts
The activist used the Russian social media network Vkontakte for his posts
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The Rostov-on-Don District Military Court in Russia sentenced a resident of the Crimean city Yevpatoria, the activist Yevheniy Karakashev, to 6 years in prison for alleged “appeals to terrorism” on a social network, Radio Svoboda reported.
Karakashev was arrested on February 1, 2018. According to the investigators, he allegedly shared extremist materials and publicly called for terrorism. As pieces of evidence, investigators pointed out video, shared by Karakashev on his account of the social network Vkontakte, as well as text, which were posted in a closed group chat.
The Russian prosecutor’s office had requested 9 years of imprisonment. On April 12, Karakashev called the suit a political persecution.
Attorney Alexey Ladin states that the activist has fallen victim to political persecution as a result of his protest against housing on the coast of Crimea.