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Russian court to read out sentence to Ukrainian film director accused of terror

August 25, 2015, 9:53 UTC+3 ROSTOV-ON-DON
Investigators say Sentsov set up a terrorist organization in Crimea that was a structural subdivision of the Right Sector, which the Russian judiciary has banned as an extremist organization
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Oleg Sentsov

Oleg Sentsov

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ROSTOV-ON-DON, August 25. /TASS/. North Caucasus District Military Court is expected to read out a sentence on the Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, who is accused of organizing terrorist acts in Crimea, the press secretary of the court, Alyona Katkalo told TASS.

"The court will begin the reading of sentence, in which only the resolution part will be made public, at 14:00 hours," she said, adding that courts have the right to read out only the resolution part of the sentence in the cases related to terrorism.

During deliberations in the courtroom, public prosecutor demanded to sentence Sentsov to 23 years in jail and his accomplice, Alexander Kolchenko, to twelve years.

Investigators say Sentsov set up a terrorist organization in the Crimean territory that was a structural subdivision of the Right Sector, which the Russian judiciary has banned as an extremist organization.

The Prosecutor General’s Office says members of the grouping committed two terrorist acts in the Crimean capital Simferopol in spring 2014. One was them arson in the offices of the Russkaya Obshchina Kryma (Russian Community of the Crimea) public association and the regional office of the United Russia party.

Also, they prepared for a demolition of the monument to Vladimir Lenin.

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) cut short activities of the grouping in May 2014.

Sentsov, who behaves in the courtroom with ostentatious defiance, denies any guilt on his part. He told the judges he did not recognize this trial to be a true trial, claiming it was forged and falsified.

Alexander Kolchenko, his suspected accomplice is also in the same dock and another two persons featured in the case, Gennady Afanasyev and Alexei Chirniy have been sentenced to seven years each.

"Sentsov and Kolchenko have never been members of the Right Sector," the prosecutor said in the courtroom. "They are accused of getting imbued with its ideology and beginning to espouse it."

"Sentsov said he took pride in being active on Euromaidan," the prosecutor added.

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