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 Russian-held Ukrainian pensioner Yurii Soloshenko gets six years in penal colony for "espionage"

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Moscow City Court has delivered a verdict against 73-year-old resident of Poltava Yurii Soloshenko, whom Ukraine's Foreign Ministry considers to be a political prisoner. The Ukrainian pensioner is convicted of espionage and has been sentenced to six years in a penal colony.

The details of the case remain unveiled due to its secrecy. However, the court mentioned that the security services seized some equipment from Soloshenko which had been given to a military unit, Censor.NET reports citing RAPSI.

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For a long time, Soloshenko led Poltava-based Znamia plant producing vacuum-tube components for radio-electronic warfare. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, plant's destiny became highly contingent on orders from Russia. In 2010, Yurii Soloshenko retired.

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Soloshenko was arrested on Aug. 5, 2014 in Moscow, where he arrived at the invitation of his Russian longtime colleague in the defense industry to test some equipment for remuneration. It is assumed that the Moscow friend purposefully lured the ex-director of the Poltava plant to Moscow and handed him over to the FSB.

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All this time, Soloshenko was held at Lefortovo Prison. As reported, the Ukrainian admitted his guilt and will not appeal the verdict. The prosecutor asked for 10 years for Soloshenko. This is the lower limit under Article 276 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation providing for 10 to 20 years in prison. Six years is a sentence below the lower limit.
 
 
 
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