The Russian Supreme Court docket has designated the Ukrainian Azov nationalist battalion as a terrorist group and outlawed its actions in Russia, TASS studies.
“To fulfill the executive movement of the prosecutor normal and to acknowledge the Ukrainian paramilitary unit Azov as a terrorist group, banning its actions on the territory of the Russian Federation,” the choose learn out the choice.
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The courtroom introduced solely the operative a part of the judgement, its motives stay unknown. The ruling has not but come into impact, and it could be appealed in opposition to within the courtroom of enchantment.
The go well with was examined within the absence of representatives from the alternative facet. A lot of the listening to befell behind closed doorways, journalists have been solely allowed to look at the printed on the stage of the examination of witnesses. The witnesses – Russian human rights activists and journalists, informed the courtroom in regards to the quite a few episodes of crimes dedicated by Azov militants. Within the courtroom, they confirmed interviews with residents of Mariupol and Volnovakha, whose kinfolk had been killed, kidnapped, or tortured by militants from the Azov battalion.
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Members of the group acknowledged by the courtroom as a terrorist group are criminally liable. The founders and leaders are punished by 15 to twenty years in jail with a fantastic of as much as 1 million rubles (over $16,500), whereas rank-and-file members – from 5 to 10 years in jail with a fantastic of as much as 500,000 rubles. Those that had voluntarily stopped participation within the actions of the group earlier than the investigation started, are exempt from felony legal responsibility.
By TASS RUSSIAN NEWS AGENCY