The nephew of the host of “News of the Week” program, Dmitry Kiselev was sentenced at a German court. According to RTVi, Sergey Kiselev was sentenced to a prison term for participating in hostilities in the Donbas.
Kiselev Jr., who is a German citizen, was accused of preparing “a serious crime against the Ukrainian government,” as well as a violation of the law on weapons possession.
According to investigators, in 2014, Kiselev underwent combat training in St. Petersburg. He then used the acquired skills fighting the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the side of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).
The man caught the attention of law enforcement officers at the end of 2017. After participating in the war in Donbas, Kiselev, who has the ranking of a priest, visited Athos and then went to Bulgaria, where he was detained. It is noted that he had a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a pistol with him.
In 2016, TV host Dmitry Kiselev said, that his nephew, who has a German passport, fought on the side of the DPR and was a deputy platoon commander. RTVi believes that it was after this interview that criminal proceedings were instituted against Kiselev Jr.
At trial, the lawyer of the accused, who was threatened with ten years in prison, asked to reduce the sentence to two years imprisonment. As a result, the court, considering the fact that the state prosecution failed to prove that he went through combat training in Russia, sentenced the TV host’s nephew to two years and three months in prison.