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 Former mayor of Zolote sentenced to two years in prison for organizing militants’ fake referendum

Rubizhne city court in the Luhansk region has convicted former mayor of Zolote city Volodymyr Kochevenko.

Censor.NET reports citing the press office of the Security Service of Ukraine.

"Under Part 2 of the Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the former official has been held accountable for the organization of the so-called "referendum" in support of the act establishing the "Luhansk People's Republic" that was held in the city May 11, 2014. The mayor actively supported and implemented fake ideas of the "Russian world" during the occupation of Zolote by the terrorist groups. The mayor left the Luhansk region after the city was liberated by the anti-terrorist operation forces. The Security Service officers established the whereabouts of the official-separatist and apprehended him in Mariupol last May," the report reads.

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The investigation proved that the mayor of Zolote committed crimes against national security including encroachment on territorial integrity and inviolability of the state.

The court took into account the mayor's sincere repentance and his state of health, and sentenced him to two years in prison. The sentence has come into force.

 
 
 
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