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The court sentenced a Russian to 11 years in prison for trying to join Azov.

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The Southern District Military Court sentenced Stavropol resident Nikita Belikov to 11 years in a maximum security colony for participation in the activities of the Ukrainian Azov battalion (a terrorist organization banned in Russia), writes TASS with reference to the press service of the court.

Belikov was found guilty under Part 2 of Art. 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (participation in the activities of a terrorist organization). He was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment in a maximum security penal colony, with the first three years to be served in prison. He fully admitted his guilt.

The court found that Belikov recorded a video message with the goal of joining the national battalion, and also carried out tasks for an Azov member. In particular, the defendant took photographs and sent photographs of the buildings of the Stavropol Arena sports and training center and the Stavropol City Duma.

July 27 FSB reported about the detention of a Russian in the Bryansk region who tried to join the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It was clarified that he was arrested on suspicion of treason. Two days before this, the Kursk Regional Court sentenced ex-employees of a defense enterprise, former spouses, to terms of 13 to 17 years in prison for transmitting data to Ukrainian intelligence.

In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law introducing life imprisonment for high treason (Article 275 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Previously, the maximum penalty under the article was 20 years in prison with a fine of 500,000 rubles.

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