16 May 2019, 17:15



LPR Supreme Court sentences Alchevsk resident to 12 years for high treason

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LUGANSK, May 16 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic Supreme Court sentenced a resident of Alchevsk to 12 years in prison for high treason, the LPR State Security Ministry (MGB) press service reported.

“The Supreme Court of the Lugansk People’s Republic found Alchevsk resident Vitaly Buyanov guilty of high treason and sentenced him to 12 years in prison,” the MGB said. “Investigators said that Buyanov had entered into criminal collusion with representatives of Ukrainian nationalistic battalions “Donbass” and “Azov” to harm the Republic’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, defence capability and information security.”

“He was ordered to supply information to Ukraine about LPR militia radio frequencies and gather sensitive military data whose disclosure might have led to personnel and hardware losses,” the MGB press service said.

Earlier, the LPR Military Court sentenced a Lugansk resident to 12 years in prison for espionage for Ukraine. An Antratsit resident was jailed for 13 years for supplying weapons and ammunition to Ukrainian saboteurs who had operated in the Republic’s territory.

A Slavyanoserbsk district resident was sentenced to 13 years for spying for Ukraine, and a Kirov resident to eight years for high treason. 

The State Security Ministry press service also reported that the LPR Supreme Court had turned down the appeal lodged by Security Service of Ukraine agent Tatyana Gorbulich (call sign Tamila), sentenced to 12.5 years for high treason.

Under LPR laws, cooperation with foreign secret services is prohibited and punished by up to 20 years in prison with property confiscation.

According to the LPR’s Criminal code Article 335 (High Treason) and Article 336 (Espionage), a timely report on recruitment by a foreign secret service exempts from criminal responsibility.

The LPR State Security Ministry asks residents to report all illegal actions by Ukrainian servicemen, volunteer battalions, police or secret services by calling +38 (0642) 34-51-64, +38 (099) 562-89-02, +38 (072) 100-36-57 or writing to

LuganskMediaCentre — 16 May — Lugansk