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Jailed in Russia for Vkontakte post that Crimea is part of Ukraine

Andrey Bubeyev

On May 5, 2016, Zavolzhskiy district court in the Russian city of Tver sentenced a local citizen Andrey Bubeyev for reposting in Vkontakte social network an article claiming “Crimea is Ukraine” to two years three months in a penal colony.

Persecution was launched after the man reposted an article titled Crimea is Ukraine” originally posted by a publicist Boris Stomakhin and an image on the same subject on his profile page on VKontakte.

Here are those 2 posts for which Bubeyev was sentenced to 2 years in jail:
1) http://zapretno.info/wp-content/uploa…
2) https://translate.google.com/translat…

During the debate, the public prosecutor asked to sentence Bubeyev to three and a half years in prison. Bubeyev claims that he is being persecuted for his beliefs, pleading not guilty.


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkbJMJb_O_Q 

Source 2: http://en.vnews.agency/news/world/19670-russian-citizen-sentenced-to-2-years-in-prison-for-repost-crimea-is-ukraine-in-social-network.html