On January 30, infamous Kharkiv terrorist Hnat Kromskoy, known as Topaz, was declared guilty of threatening the territorial integrity of Ukraine, participation in mass riots, accompanied by arson, destruction of property and unlawful car acquisition.
The panel of judges sentenced Kromskoy to eight years imprisonment with confiscation of his property while the prosecutor’s office demanded the maximum penalty of 15 years.
Also, Kromskoy will have to reimburse the damage, done during the assault on the building of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration that occurred in spring 2014, amounting to 719 UAH ($ 24) and legal costs.
However, eight years in prison would turn into two for Topaz as his imprisonment pending trial will be included into the total confinement term, due to the Savchenko’s Law, which was in force until June 18, 2017.
The news made Kharkiv activists indignant as they consider the sentence to be too soft and lenient. They say that in spring 2014 the streets of Kharkiv were dangerous because of titushki gangs, organized by Kramskoy, and a lot of people were injured during the pro-Russian riots then.
The prosecutors are not at all satisfied with the sentence. “We consider this punishment inadequate as the person did not admit his fault and was not remorseful for his criminal activity,” spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office of the Kharkiv region Vita Dubovik says.
At the trial, Kromskoy stated that he was not guilty and he was going to appeal against the court decision.
Text: Olena Sokolynska