The opposition Russian politician Ilya Yashin was accused according to point "d" part 2 of Art.
207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Dissemination of advance false information about the use of the armed forces on the grounds of political hatred) and sentenced him to 8.5 years of imprisonment, journalist
reported in his Telegram channel .
Also, as an additional punishment, Yashin was forbidden to administer websites, as it is related to the commission of a crime, Polonsky said.
8 years and 6 months of imprisonment is a term close to the maximum possible punishment in this article provided for by the Criminal Code (10 years of imprisonment).
At the moment, the harshest sentence in Russia according to this article was given to Yashin's former colleague in the Krasnoselsky Council of Moscow deputies,
- 7 years in prison.
The reason for criminal prosecution of Yashin was a YouTube stream in which the politician talked about the murders in Buchi and, in particular, critically assessed the arguments of the Russian side, which claimed that the Russian military was not involved in them.
According to the official data of the Ukrainian authorities, numerous journalistic investigations, as well as international organizations, such as the UN and OSCE, hundreds of civilians died in Buchi during the Russian occupation, there are documented cases of the death of the city's residents at the hands of the Russian military.
Moscow, however, denies this, representatives of the Russian authorities are talking about the production or that the residents of Buchi were killed by the Ukrainian military.
As reported by the Russian publication "Mediazon", the prosecutor during the hearing on Yashin's case stated that international reports are one-sided and biased conclusions from countries that are part of such "unfriendly associations" as NATO and the European Union, which, according to accusers, "kept silent in a rag" during the conflicts in Libya and Syria, and also "covered for the Nazi criminal Stepan Bandera."
Yashin pleaded not guilty, his lawyer Mariya Eismant confirmed this position in her speech, the Russian service of Radio Svaboda reports.
Among other things, she noted that the investigation of the events in Buchi is ongoing and there is no clear information that the version of the Ministry of Defense of Russia is correct.
In his last speech, Yashin, among other things, called on Putin to admit his mistakes and stop the war.
Ilya Yashin, the former head of the Council of Deputies of Moscow's Krasnosel District, an associate of Boris Nemtsov and Alexei Navalny, was detained at the end of June in an administrative case.
After the arrest, the politician was detained again, but already under a criminal charge.
Since July, he was in the Butyrka pre-trial detention center in Moscow, later he was transferred to pre-trial detention center No. 4 in Medvedkovo, which the detainees call "Medved".
Yashin is one of the few Russian opposition politicians who did not leave Russia after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Human rights project "Support of political prisoners.
Memorial" recognized Yashin as a political prisoner.