Russian political activist Anastasia Shevchenko handed four yr suspended sentence for membership of banned oligarch-linked group


A courtroom within the southern Russian metropolis of Rostov-on-Don has given an opposition campaigner a prolonged suspended sentence over her position within the actions of a proscribed political group arrange by a disgraced former oligarch.

Anastasia Shevchenko was sentenced to 4 years’ probation by a choose on the Oktyabrsky District Court on Thursday. During the trial, prosecutors had requested for her to be jailed for a complete of 5 years.

The activist was accused of being a member of the UK-based department of Open Russia, listed as an undesirable group by the Russian Ministry of Justice. Investigators mentioned that she spoke at debates and took part in a rally as a part of her position with the organizations, in addition to attending seminars and regional conferences as a member of the group.

Shevchenko denies this, and claims she was a member of a Russian-based group of the identical identify, arrange in Moscow. She was first arrested in January 2019, and has since been living beneath home arrest.

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Open Russia was based in 2001 by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, as soon as among the many nation’s wealthiest males. In 2017, it was barred beneath laws that enables officers to acknowledge organizations as undesirable in the event that they consider they’re working to destabilize the political scenario. However, it nonetheless operates a large community of affiliated organizations.

A staunch critic of the Kremlin, Khodorkovsky was jailed on fraud expenses, spending round a decade behind bars earlier than leaving Moscow for London. His Yukos oil and fuel empire collapsed shortly after his arrest, dealing with a multibillion-dollar tax invoice. The businessman and his associates had beforehand picked up the previous state enterprise for a fraction of its value in what one commentator referred to as “the swindle of the century.”

An extended-running authorized case over the collapsed industrial big is now raging within the Netherlands, with a $50 billion settlement hanging within the stability.

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