Moscow-Backed Separatists In Eastern Ukraine Sentence OSCE Employee To 13 Years In Prison

September 19, 2022 – By RFE/RL’s Russian Service

Moscow-backed separatist authorities in Ukraine’s eastern region of Luhansk have sentenced an employee of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to 13 years in prison.

OSCE observers man a checkpoint in the Luhansk region. After the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, the OSCE evacuated about 500 observers of its mission that monitored the cease-fire in the region. (file photo)
OSCE observers man a checkpoint in the Luhansk region. After the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, the OSCE evacuated about 500 observers of its mission that monitored the cease-fire in the region. (file photo)

The Luhansk information center controlled by the separatists said on September 19 that the de facto Supreme Court of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic sentenced Dmitry Shabanov after finding him guilty of “high treason and working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).”

Shabanov, a local resident of Luhansk, is one of at least six employees of the OSCE mission arrested by the separatists since Russia launched its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine in late February, of whom three, including Shabanov, have been held in detention.

In July, Russian state-controlled television channels broadcast what they said was a confession by Shabanov.

It is not possible to obtain confirmation of the report, as inmates in parts of the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk that have been under separatist control since 2014 do not have a right to defense.

After the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, the OSCE evacuated about 500 observers of its mission that monitored the cease-fire in the region. All contracts with local residents were terminated at the time.

The OSCE stated in July that the charges against Shabanov were unfounded and fabricated.

The OSCE has yet to comment on the report about Shabanov’s conviction and sentencing.

https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-separatists-ukraine-sentence-osce-employee/32041076.html

4 comments

  1. One of their own of the OSCE has been detained and tortured daily in illegally occupied territory and they have no statements to provide. Who will work for them in the future if they don’t support their own employees? Where is Europe after knowing 3 innocent people have been kidnapped, tortured and illegally sentenced sooner or later? Too bad there isn’t one German, one Hungarian and one Italian…..

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    • Article stated he is one of at Least six detained. And not so much as a peep about it till now. Yeah I would figure they will be hard pressed in the future to gain or retain workers even though it says they evacuated about 500 can’t believe we’re just now hearing about this.

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  2. Given how these fools renamed themselves the “peoples’ republics” of Donbas and Luhansk, I suspect they’re nostalgic for the old days of the iron-fisted stalin days. This report is another example of why they seem eager to return back to the way the soviets ran their “courts of law,” complete with a lack of any concern for their political enemies, or anyone else who would disagree with them. I pray the UDF rescues the good people there, who still remain loyal to their fellow Ukrainians, but I know the russians haven’t given up completely yet.

    I pray that God will be with you, Ukraine. I pray he brings your people more stunning victories.

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