In Luhansk, separatists sentenced an OSCE employee to 13 years in prison

In Luhansk, separatists sentenced an OSCE employee to 13 years in prison

In Luhansk, separatists sentenced an OSCE employee to 13 years in prison

  In Luhansk, separatists sentenced an OSCE employee to 13 years in prison

The separatist-controlled Luhansk information center reported the verdict

The so-called Supreme Court of pro-Russian separatists in Luhansk sentenced an employee of the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to 13 years in prison Dmitry Shabanov. He was charged with high treason and work for the CIA.

The verdict was reported by the separatist-controlled Lugansk information center. Shabanov is a local resident, a citizen of Ukraine who worked for the OSCE mission. He is one of at least six members of the mission detained since the start of the war in February. Three of them, including Shabanov, are still being held by the separatists.

In July, Shabanov was shown on Russian state television. The news report claimed that he had made a confession. It is impossible to confirm this information independently, as prisoners in the separatist republics in eastern Ukraine do not actually have the right to protection.

After February, the OSCE evacuated almost 500 observers from the special monitoring mission from Ukraine, which observed the ceasefire in the region. Contracts with local employees have been terminated, Politico reported.

The organization said in July that the charges against Shabanov were unsubstantiated and fabricated. Its representative, in a June comment to Politico, expressed regret that Russia and the people who control Lugansk and Donetsk are not respecting the immunity of the international mission staff. At the time of publication of the news, the OSCE did not comment on Shabanov's verdict.