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Russian lawmaker calls Sentsov list continuation of Kiev’s policy to glorify terrorists

August 26, 2015, 16:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Such a proposal from the Ukrainian foreign minister should come as a shock to Europe, head of the State Duma Security and Anti-Corruption Committee Irina Yarovaya says
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Head of the State Duma Security and Anti-Corruption Committee Irina Yarovaya

Head of the State Duma Security and Anti-Corruption Committee Irina Yarovaya

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MOSCOW, August 26. /TASS/. The proposal of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin "to introduce the Sentsov and Savchenko sanctions list" is a continuation of Kiev’s policy aimed at glorifying terrorists, head of the State Duma Security and Anti-Corruption Committee Irina Yarovaya told TASS on Wednesday.

"Such a proposal from the Ukrainian foreign minister should come as a shock to Europe. This is tantamount to offering France or Britain to glorify terrorists," she said.

Yarovaya noted that "considering the glorification of Bandera and Shukhevich in Ukraine, one may say with confidence that followers of the nationalist, Nazi ideology are currently at the helm of the country." "So, the proposal on the glorification and the attempts to idolize contemporary war criminals and terrorists are a new stage for cloning mercenaries and professional killers in Ukraine," the politician said.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin earlier suggested introducing "the Sentsov and Savchenko sanctions list" similar to the US Magnitsky list.

"I believe that we should gradually start talking about the Sentsov and Savchenko sanctions lists," Klimkin told Ukrainian TV channel Inter on Tuesday, commenting on the conviction of Ukrainian activists, Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko, by a Russian court. "We need a concrete sanctions list like it was in Magnitsky’s case. We are going to work on that," Klimkin added.

The North Caucasus District Military Court on Tuesday found Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov guilty of conspiracy to commit terrorist attacks in Crimea and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. His accomplice Alexander Kolchenko got ten years in prison.

Former Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko has been in custody in Russia since July 2014 on charges of complicity in the murder of Russian journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin in the Luhansk region. She does not admit her guilt.

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