In Crimea, a court sentenced a member of the banned Ukrainian National Battalion to five years in prison
In Crimea, the Dzhankoy District Court sentenced a 27-year-old Ukrainian citizen to five years in prison for participation in the illegal armed formation “Crimean Tatar Volunteer Battalion named after Noman Celebidzhikhan” (the National Battalion is banned in the Russian Federation and recognized as a terrorist organization).
It was established that in 2017 the man voluntarily joined the illegal armed formation “Crimean Tatar Volunteer Battalion named after Noman Celebidzhikhan” operating on the territory of Ukraine. The Dzhankoy District Court of the Republic of Crimea found the defendant guilty of the charged crime and sentenced him to five years in prison with the first year to be served in prison and the rest in a high-security correctional colony— reported the regional department of the FSB.
According to the department, the accused, as part of an armed formation, was engaged in checking persons and vehicles at checkpoints and guarding battalion facilities. The man was detained by officers of the FSB border department for the Republic of Crimea in April 2023 while attempting to enter the territory of the peninsula.
The case was considered under Part 2 of Art. 208 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (participation in an armed formation not provided for by federal law).