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Activist-pensioner Vladimir Ionov, under trial, fled to Ukraine

Civil activist Vladimir Ionov, 76 years old, who is under investigation on charges of repeated violations at rallies (article 212.1 of the criminal code), illegally crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border and is now in Kharkiv. The pensioner, do not have passports, intends to seek political asylum in Ukraine.

About it writes on Monday, 21 December, online edition «the edge», the access to which is blocked for Russian users.

«Now I would like to avoid prison. When I was single, I didn’t care. Now I’m not alone, but with the woman he loved. Her Constitution is much thinner than mine. Out of a sense of caring and love for her I made this decision. I think that I left forever. My Motherland is Russia, and I think that soon there will be major changes. God forbid that these changes occurred without blood » – leads the publication the words Ionova, said in an interview with a journalist.

In a note it is reported that a friend Ionova, Olga brown, a Muscovite, earlier emigrated legally to the Ukraine.

We will remind that on 25 November during a court hearing on the case Ionova Prosecutor requested the defendant to three years probation and three years of probation, and the ban on departure from Moscow and to visit mass events. Ion said that this limitation to be observed will be ( VIDEO).

The verdict to the activist was to be announced on 10 December, but three days earlier, after the verdict Ildar Dadina who got on the same charge three years jail time Ionova have started with heart problems and he was hospitalized with a diagnosis of «unstable angina». As a consequence, the performance of the ions with the last word and the sentencing was postponed to December 23.

Recall that the 76-year-old Muscovite became the first activist being prosecuted under article 212.1 of the criminal code. The case against him was opened on 16 January, after which he was under house arrest. Court hearings on the case began in September of this year.

Ion, member of the Solidarity movement and participated in protests for peace in the Donbass, and also carried out single pickets in the center of Moscow, where he was beaten.

In addition to the ions, criminal cases on which came into force last year article 212.1 of the criminal code have been instituted, to against four people: mark Halperin, whose case had not yet gone to trial, and Irina Kalmykova, whose case is being considered in the Tver court, and also accused of repeated violations, Ildar Dadin, who was found guilty.

Judge of the Basmanny court Natalia Dudar sentenced him to three years of imprisonment in a standard regime penal colony, despite the fact that the prosecution insisted on two. The human rights center «memorial» recognized political prisoner. International organization Amnesty International called for his release. In support Dadina made and other human rights organizations and political parties.

Activist-pensioner Vladimir Ionov, under trial, fled to Ukraine 21.12.2015

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