The Sevastopol Сity Сourt sentenced two residents of Sevastopol, Volodymyr Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov, whom the FSB regards as agents of Ukrainian special services, to 14 years in prison in a strict regime colony. Dudka’s lawyer Serhiy Legostov added that both prisoners were also fined.
“Dudka was fined with 350 thousand rubles, Bessarabov with 300 thousand rubles. Each was given 14 years of imprisonment in the strict regime colony, without a prison,” said the defender.
He added that convicted people do not admit their guilt and will appeal the verdict.
“Dudka and Bessarabov have not pleaded guilty. They consider the case as a fraudulent act,” said Legostov.
Recall that the State Prosecution requested 15 years of imprisonment for the defendant in the “case of Ukrainian saboteurs” Volodymyr Dudka and about 14 years and 10 months for Oleksiy Bessarabov, as well as about 500 thousand rubles a fine for each of them. For the first 4 years, the prosecutor proposed to keep the defendants in prison, while others 11 years – in the strict regime colony.
On November 9, 2016, employees of the Crimean analytical center “Nomos” Dmytro Shtiblikov and Alexey Bessarabov, as well as their close friend Volodymyr Dudka, were detained in Sevastopol.
All three were accused of preparing sabotage in the annexed Crimea to order Ukrainian intelligence.