Crimean journalist Nikolai, Semyon demand to sentence to three years imprisonment for the article, supporting the blockade of the Peninsula. This is today from the court reported the lawyer of the International human rights group “Agora” Alexander Popkov.
Recall that the case is 67-year-old Semeny began in the spring of 2016 after a series of raids conducted by the FSB in the Crimea. In December 2016 the Semen charged with the final edition: the journalist is charged with part 2 of article 280.1 of the criminal code (“Public appeals to violation of territorial integrity of the Russian Federation with the use of the Internet”, the maximum penalty for which is up to 5 years of imprisonment).
According to prosecutors, wine Semeny, collaborating with the project “Radio “Freedom”, “the Crimea.Reality” lies in the fact that he wrote and posted on his website an article which justified the food and economic blockade of the Crimea as a necessary step for the return of the Peninsula Ukraine.
In this article Semeny was a response to another article published on “Crimea.Realities”, in which the blockade was recognized unjustified measure.
The former at that time the Prosecutor of the Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya took the case Semeny personal control, stating that “the Crimea.Reality” – “it’s wrecking service, their publications contain a justification of sabotage, extremism, and the infinite discredit of authorities in the Crimea.”
Now the seeds need to sentence to three years of imprisonment conditionally with a trial period of 3 years and deprivation of the right to practice journalism for 3 years. Previously, he was included in the list of extremists and terrorists of Rosfinmonitoring, with the result that it was difficult to receive funds in the banks, using their accounts, etc.