20 October 2016

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Ukraine slaps sanctions against Russia law-enforcers, judges over Sentsov, Kolchenko

The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine on Friday decided to introduce sanctions against representatives of Russia's law enforcement agencies and the judiciary over the illegal prosecution of Ukrainian citizens – film director Oleh Sentsov and activist Oleksandr Kolchenko.

Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov and activist Oleksandr Kolchenko / Photo from REUTERS

In particular, the NSDC simultaneously considered the extension of the special personal economic and other restrictive measures, which were introduced in September 2015, and the application of additional sanctions against individuals and legal entities involved Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Kremlin dubs Crimean journalists, activists as 'terrorists'"As a separate resolution, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has taken a decision to introduce sanctions against the persons involved in illegal actions against Ukrainian citizens," the NSDC's press service said on Friday.

In particular, it said, these are Russian law enforcers and judges who are responsible for the groundless persecution of Ukrainian citizens Oleh Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko and others who have been unlawfully detained, convicted and are still being held illegally in Russian territory.

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