SBU completed investigation of Aksenov and Poklonskaya: they face 15 years in prison

The so-called “officials” of the temporarily occupied Crimea are suspected of committing a number of crimes.SBU has completed an investigation into Aksenov and Co / photo from UNIANSBU has completed an investigation into Aksenov and Co / photo from UNIAN

Investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine have completed an investigation into the heads of the occupation administration of the Russian Federation in Crimea .

According to the SBU press center, the so-called “head of the Republic of Crimea”, “the chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea”, the former so-called “Prosecutor of the Republic of Crimea” and five other officials of the temporarily occupied peninsula are suspected of committing a number of crimes.

In particular, under Art. 109 (actions aimed at violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order or the seizure of state power), Art. 110 (encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine), Art. 111 (high treason) and art. 255 (creation of a criminal organization).

The pre-trial investigation established that in February-March 2014, representatives of the Russian occupation administration took an active part in actions aimed at violently overthrowing the constitutional order and changing the borders of the territory of Ukraine.

“In addition, these persons assisted the representatives of the aggressor country in carrying out subversive activities against Ukraine to the detriment of its sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability. In particular, they took part in the creation of the occupation bodies, directly led and directed them,” …

According to the results of a special pre-trial investigation, the indictment against 8 accused was sent to the court.

For the aforementioned crimes, they face punishment in the form of imprisonment for up to 15 years.

As UNIAN was told by a law enforcement source, the matter concerns:

  • “to the head of the Republic of Crimea” Sergei Aksenov,
  • “Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea” Vladimir Konstantinov,
  • former “Prosecutor of the Republic of Crimea” Natal Poklonskaya,
  • ex-head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Simferopol City Administration of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in the ARC Sergei Abisov,
  • ex-deputy and chairman of the Sevastopol City Council Yurie Doinikove,
  • ex-head of the SBU Directorate in Sevastopol Petr Zima,
  • ex-first deputy chief – chief of staff of the Azov-Black Sea regional department of the State Border Service Viktor Melnichenko,
  • ex-deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the ARC Rustam Temiragaliev.

Occupation of Crimea by Russia

Russia occupied the Ukrainian Crimea, bringing its military to the peninsula and organizing a pseudo-referendum on its self-determination in March 2014. The self-proclaimed Crimean government said that 96.77% of the peninsula’s residents were in favor of the annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation.

On March 18, 2014, the so-called “agreement” on the admission of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation was signed in the Kremlin.

Western countries did not recognize the annexation of Crimea and imposed sanctions against Russia.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea on February 20, 2014. Since the beginning of the occupation on the peninsula, more than 100 Ukrainians have become “prisoners of the Kremlin.”

After the occupation of Crimea in 2014, Russia has been conducting regular military exercises on the peninsula and in the Black Sea, and also imports military equipment, in particular, air defense systems.

In the General Staff of Ukraine, the actions of the Russian military in Crimea are called illegal.

In December 2019, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on Russia to withdraw its troops from the annexed Crimea and end the temporary occupation of the territory of Ukraine.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy introduced the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on February 26 in Ukraine as an annual memorable date in order to honor the courage and heroism of the citizens of Ukraine living in the temporarily occupied territory – in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, in upholding the territorial integrity of Ukraine, on the occasion of the anniversary of the 26 February 2014 rally in the city of Simferopol in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine with the participation of Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and representatives of other nationalities.

(C)UNIAN 2021

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