Russia convicts Ukrainian for rallying in Ukraine "against Russian interests"
Roman Ternovskiy, a Ukraine national, has been convicted in Russia for taking part in public actions in Ukraine "aimed against the interests of the Russian Federation."
"The evidence collected by the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation was recognized by the court as sufficient for the conviction of Ukrainian citizen Roman Ternovskiy. He was found guilty of committing a crime under Part 2 Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (participation in the activities of an extremist organization)," an UNIAN correspondent was told by the press service of Russia's Investigative Committee.
The investigation and court have found that Ternovskiy was in 2015-2016 engaged in organizing the production and distribution in Ukraine of paraphernalia with symbols of the Right Sector organization, as well as took part in rallies "aimed against the interests of the Russian Federation."
According to the report, Ternovskiy participated in a rally to block Russian trucks transiting via Ukraine near the Hoptivka checkpoint on the Russian-Ukrainian border in Kharkiv region on February 15, 2016. The committee declares the action was carried out "in violation of the agreements on friendship, cooperation and partnership between Russia and Ukraine," as well as on the unhindered transit of transport, "with the aim of inflicting property and reputational damage to the Russian Federation in its foreign economic relations."
In addition, the committee said on June 12, 2016, Ternovskiy and other Right Sector members held a similar rally to disrupt events in honor of the Day of Russia at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Kharkiv. Ternovskiy was also accused of propagating the Right Sector organization on the internet, including among those "permanently residing in Russia."
"According to the verdict, Ternovskiy is sentenced to two years and three months imprisonment at a penal colony," the report said.