A Moscow city court has found a citizen of Ukraine, Gennady Afanasyev, guilty and sentenced him to seven years in prison for allegedly organizing terrorist attacks in Crimea.
“Mediazone” has reported this, citing a source in Moscow’s Lefortovo District Court.
The Afanasyev case was allocated to a separate proceeding.
According to investigators, Afanasyev was a member of the so-called group of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, which in April allegedly on the orders of the “Right Sector” created a “terrorist group” in Simferopol.
This “community,” according to the investigation, aims to “influence decision-making bodies of the government of the Russian Federation to withdraw the Republic of Crimea from its structure.”
Apart from Afanasyev and Sentsov, included in the “group” were detained anti-fascist Alexander Kolchenko, historian Oleksiy Chyrny, and other “unidentified persons.”
Investigators believe that these people, at the direction of Sentsov, carried out arson against the building of the “Russian Community of Crimea” on 14 April and the local branch of “United Russia” on 18 April. These suffered minor damage: in the first building a door was burned; in the second – a window.
After that, Chyrny and Afanasyev (on the instructions of Sentsov) allegedly acquired explosives to perpetrate terrorist attacks on 9 May in Simferopol: to blow up a statue of Lenin in the railway station square and the “Eternal Flame” memorial. However, the explosion did not happen due to the fact that both of them were arrested, investigators insist.
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested Chyrny, Afanasyev, Sentsov and Kolchenko in Simferopol in May, and they were taken to Moscow. After their arrest, Chyrny and Afanasyev confessed. Sentsov denies all guilt, saying that after his arrest he was tortured. Kolchenko denies any involvement in terrorism.
Another four involved in the case of so-called Crimean terrorists are wanted by police, and their names are known: Asanov, Borkin, Zuykov and Tsyril.
Investigators consider the accused to be Russian citizens – they allegedly received citizenship automatically with the annexation of Crimea. Kolchenko and Sentsov themselves insist on their Ukrainian citizenship.
As you know, in September the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) stated that Sentsov and Ukrainian aviator Nadia Savchenko are on the list of prisoners for exchange, but they are still in Russian captivity.