As reported by Censor.NET referring to UNIAN, the court found Apukhtin guilty of crimes punished under part 1 of article 294 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (riots) and part 3 of article 109 (calls for the overthrow of the constitutional order).
The court accepted as proven that Apukhtin publicly called to attack buses with the law enforcers who were maintaining public order at Svobody Square and inside the Kharkiv Regional State Administration building on April 8, 2014. He also called during several rallies not to recognize the acting authorities and show them organized resistance seeking federalization of the state and creation of an administrative-territorial unit which was to include Ukraine ' s southern and eastern regions.
The court qualified a plea of non-guilty made by Apukhtin as a desire to dodge responsibility.
The court sentenced him to six years in prison for multiple offenses. The court placed him in custody pending entering of his sentence into force on July 22.
In turn, the defendant said he considered his verdict unlawful. He added that those involved in bringing him to justice would pay heavy price.
"I consider the verdict to be unjustified. It is subject to cancellation, therefore, it will be definitely appealed against," Apukhtin's lawyer Dmytro Tikhonenkov told a briefing.
"I believe this sentence to be unwarranted. I'm so outraged as a citizen. I see it as an undisguised political persecution. As for the indictment brought against Apukhtin today, everyone who was on the Maidan in 2014 can be brought similar charges against. But they cannot be brought against Apukhtin today," Tikhonenkov stressed.
As reported, the pretrial investigation found that Apukhtin organized riots outside the Kharkiv Regional State Administration building in April 2014. He repeatedly called for a violent overthrow of the constitutional order, non-recognition of the acting authorities, creation of the so-called "Kharkiv People's Republic" (KhPR), and adoption of the "KhPR Constitution."
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