Kirovsky district court of Tomsk sentenced to five years in prison blogger Vadim Tyumentseva found guilty of publishing videos with extremist content and banned him for three years to put the materials in the Internet.
The website of the TV channel «Rain» notes that the Prosecutor demanded a punishment of four years imprisonment and two years prohibition on the placement of materials on the Internet.
Melanie Bachin, the local TV channel TV-2, told colleagues that the residents of Tomsk shocked by such a harsh sentence.
The article says that the blogger has posted on his Youtube channel and on the personal page «Vkontakte» videos that incite hatred to the inhabitants of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, in connection with which the court charged him with «hostility to the citizens living on the territory of Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine» and «public incitement of hatred or enmity towards individuals and granted refugee status in the Russian Federation».
Tyumentsev himself reports that this video contained a call to move out of the city by Ukrainian refugees and shut down the streets «in protest against the route of lawlessness».
The court ruled that the blogger violated two articles of the criminal code: No. 282 («incitement of hatred or enmity, and humiliation of human dignity») and No. 280 («Public calls for extremist activities»).
Tyumentsev did not plead guilty, and witnesses in the case claimed that they did not have any feelings of hatred when viewing the entries of the blogger.
Judges, on the other hand, referred to the fact that the blogger admitted his guilt and wrote a confession, but Tyumentsev States that signed this document under pressure of a consequence.