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MOSCOW, June 14. /TASS/. Russia’s decision to accept Ukrainian journalists Elena Glishchinskaya and Vitaly Didenko was motivated by considerations of humanism, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told TASS on Tuesday commenting on today’s exchange of these Ukrainian journalists for Yuri Soloshenko and Gennady Afanasyev sentenced to prison terms in Russia.
Earlier in the day, the Kremlin press service said Soloshenko and Afanasyev were pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin and sent to Ukraine.
"This decision [to receive Glishchinskaya and Didenko in Russia - TASS] was based on humane considerations," Peskov said.
Yelena Glischinskaya, director of the Odessa-based Svobodnaya Volna (Free Wave) regional TV and radio company, was charged by the Ukrainian authorities with separatism and treason, facing, according to the Criminal Code of Ukraine, an imprisonment term of 12 to 15 years. She was an activist of the People's Rada of Bessarabia public movement, the declared goal of which was to protect the interests of national minorities of the Odessa region (Gagauz, Bulgarians, Moldovans and other nations), which, according to the movement, were infringed by the central authorities. She gave birth to her third child while in prison.
Vitaly Didenko, the editor-in-chief of the Odessa city Information Center website, was sentenced to three years of supervised release.