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The Kremlin can state that the sentence for journalist Ivan Safronov is very severe, but it cannot comment on the court's decision, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told RBC TV.
“This is a court verdict, and I have no right to no comment on it. Yes, we can state that this is a very harsh sentence, I have nothing more to say on this topic, & raquo;, & mdash; he said.
He added that the closed nature of the trial in the Safronov case “was due to the gravity of the charges against him.”
The Moscow City Court on the eve sentenced Ivan Safronov, who was found guilty of treason, to 22 years in a strict regime colony. The journalist pleaded not guilty to treason and linked his persecution to his professional activities. The court also sentenced Safronov to two years of imprisonment and a fine of 500,000 rubles.
Lawyer Dmitry Katchev called the verdict inadequate. Another lawyer for the journalist— Daniil Nikiforov— said that he would appeal the verdict to the court of appeal.
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As lawyer Pavel Chikov explained, the sanction under Art. 275 of the Criminal Code on treason provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years, but the court sentenced Safronov more, since he is charged with two episodes. According to Chikov, the usual range of sentences for treason cases was from six to nine years, while in the last five years sentences of up to 12-15 years have become common.
Safronov was detained on July 7, 2020, when he no longer worked as a journalist, but was an adviser to the head of Roskosmos. On the same day he was arrested. The investigation believes that Safronov collaborated with the special services of NATO countries, for which, in particular, he received $ 248 from political scientist Demuri Voronin (also accused of treason), lawyer Ivan Pavlov told RBC (recognized by the Ministry of Justice as a foreign agent). The second episode is connected with a friend of Safronov, Martin Larish, named by the investigation as a Czech intelligence agent. He worked in Moscow from 2010 to 2012 as a correspondent for the newspaper Lidové noviny, and then created a news agency that distributed a security information digest by subscription. Safronov also provided materials for this bulletin, the journalist said in an interview with Kommersant. The journalist emphasized that he did not have access to state secrets and collected information only from open sources.
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