Pro-Russian activist Kromskoi gets eight years in prison with confiscation of property

The court interpreted plea of not guilty entered by Anti-Maidan activist Ihnat Kromskoi better known as Topaz as an attempt to avoid responsibility.

As reported by Censor.NET, the jury found no extenuating circumstances in his case while repeated offense he committed was considered as an aggravating circumstance.

The Kharkiv-based court has decided to leave Kromskoi in custody until the ruling comes into force. Topaz said that the pre-trial investigation and the trial itself were biased and expressed the intent to appeal against the court ruling. He also stressed that he would not seek pardon.

Kromskoi has about two years left to serve under Savchenko law. The convict also has to reimburse 18,500 hryvnia in legal costs.

A secretary for the regional prosecutor said that the prosecutor's office would examine the court ruling and appeal against it if any legal grounds found.

As reported, Kromskoi was indicted on charges of encroachment on Ukraine’s territorial integrity, participation in mass riots, namely seizure of the premises of the Kharkiv Regional Council, involvement in a gunfight outside the office of Kharkiv-based Ukrainian Patriots NGO, and car theft. Prosecutors requested to sentence Topaz to 15 years in prison with confiscation of property for multiple offences. Kromskoi was earlier placed under house arrest, released on personal recognizance, but tried to escape. He was placed in the pre-trial custody after being redetained.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3047443