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Russian volunteer Odnovol gets 3-year suspended sentence in Ukraine — ombudsperson

August 17, 2018, 1:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Odnovol was detained at the Chongar checkpoint on April 23 and was later charged with high treason

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MOSCOW, August 17. /TASS/. A Ukrainian court has handed down a three-year suspended sentence to Russian volunteer Yelena Odnovol, who is to be released from pretrial detention facility on Friday, Russian ombudsperson Yelena Moskalkova told TASS.

"I have just had a phone conversation with [Ukrainian ombudsperson] Lyudmila Denisova. She said that the court handed down a three-year suspended sentence to her and she will be released from a pretrial detention facility tomorrow," Moskalkova said on Thursday evening.

"It is yet unknown where she would serve her suspended sentence. Tomorrow, her mother will come to Kherson, where she is being kept," the Russian ombudsperson added.

Moskalkova said that, according to Denisova, "Odnovol has pleaded guilty."

"However, I was not informed about the nature of her offenses. Denisova promised to send me the verdict once she gets it from the court," the Russian official said.

Odnovol, a coordinator of the Crimean branch of the Victory Volunteers All-Russia Public Organization, was taken into custody by the Ukrainian authorities at the Chongar checkpoint on April 23 and was later charged with high treason. Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko said that the woman is suspected of "subversive activities" and damaging Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, because she arranged and took part in the collection of voter signatures in support of Vladimir Putin’s presidential nomination in Crimea.

Later, Ukrainian prosecutors announced she entered the country with the Ukrainian passport, issued in 2017.

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