Russian soldier Ageyev detained in Ukraine asks for sentence change according to Donbas reintegration law

Russian soldier Viktor Ageyev’s attorney will motion for reclassification of the case and an lightening of the sentence for his client, which is apparently made possible by the Donbas De-occupation Law, recently adopted by the Verkhovna Rada. A statement to this effect was made by Ageyev’s attorney Viktor Chevguz, Ukrinform reports.

“I filed an appeal at the Appeals Court of the Luhansk province. I am requesting a change in the classification of the article according to which he is incriminated, and a lightening of the punishment,” the attorney said.

Ageyev is currently sentenced according to sec. 1 art. 258 of the Criminal Code which entails a sentence of 8 to 15 years for involvement in a terrorist organization, and also according to sec. 1 art. 263, for illegal possession of a weapon.

Chevguz added that, by adopting the Donbas Reintegration Law, the Verkhovna Rada has excluded the term “recognize the LPR/DPR as terrorist organizations” from the text, which makes it possible to charge Ageyev according to sec. 1 art. 260 instead, which entails 3 to 5 years of prison for involvement in an illegal armed group.

Russian soldier Viktor Ageyev was found guilty of terrorism and sentenced to 10 years of prison. He was charged with fighting for the LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic), and also with illegal possession and wearing of a firearm and ammunition.

  Viktor Ageyev, Donbas, Ukraine, War in Ukraine, law on reintegration of the Donbas