Russian Supreme Court Convicts Azov Battalion ‘Terrorist Organization’

Russian Supreme Court Convicts Azov Battalion ‘Terrorist Organization’

Russia’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Ukraine’s Azov Battalion, one of the last defenders of the city of Mariupol, a “terrorist organization”, is aggravating the situation of fighters captured in southern Ukraine.

Cited by TASS, a judge of Russia’s Supreme Court said the decision “complies with the attorney general’s administrative request, recognizes the Ukrainian paramilitary unit ‘Azov’ as a terrorist organization and bans the activities of its personnel in Russia”.

The judge also stated that the decision will take effect “immediately” and refers to the battalion as “regiment”.

At the same time, the trial of Ukrainian prisoners of war who are said to belong to the Azov battalion is taking place.

The trial is taking place behind closed doors, but according to the official TASS agency, witnesses have been heard speaking about alleged crimes committed by the “Azov regiment” in Ukraine.

Under Russian law, leaders of a terrorist organization can be sentenced to between 15 and 20 years in prison, and members of the groups can receive prison terms between five and 10 years.

The members of the Azov Battalion, a unit created in 2014 during the Russian Federation’s first invasion of the territory of Ukraine, by volunteers led by Andrei Biletski, was later integrated into the Kiev regular army.

The battalion’s founder Andrei Biletski, 42, hails from Kharkov and has historically led the xenophobic, anti-Semitic and racist Ukrainian Social Nationalist Assembly (SNA) party.

Some battalion members, especially between 2014 and 2017, used decals inspired by the insignia of the Second Division of Nazi Germany (Das Reich).

Recently, troops of the Azov Battalion were present at the defense of the Ukrainian port city of Marioupol, captured by Russia last May after a military siege that lasted several months and began practically after the new invasion of Ukraine on February 24. .

The last battles for the defense of the city took place in the buildings of the Azovtsal Steel Plant, with the last defenders surrendering in May.

The Kremlin and the propaganda of Vladimir Putin’s regime accuse members of the “Azov regiment” of being a “neo-Nazi group” that committed “war crimes” and should be “severely punished”.

According to Russian forces, bombings by the Ukrainian army last week hit Olenivka prison, in the separatist zone in eastern Ukraine, killing several prisoners allegedly belonging to the “Azov regiment”.

Kiev denies the attack, accusing Moscow of butchering the prisoners.

Author: DN/Lusa

Source: El heraldo

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