Citizen of the United Kingdom Benjamin Stimson, who supported the militias in the Donbass, was sentenced to five years and four months in prison. About it RIA Novosti said the officer of the crown court, Manchester.
The defendant was found guilty of violating the British anti-terrorism legislation. Stimson admitted his guilt.
41-year-old Stimson held in Donbass for four months in 2015. In October of the same year in interview “Bi-bi-si” he has declared that is proud of what he did.
Stimson was hoping to get Russian citizenship and start a new life in the Donbass. “I’m not a terrorist, I don’t like these jihadists who go to Syria,” he said.
After the interview, Stimson returned to Manchester, where he was detained by the authorities. He was charged with “intention to commit acts of terrorism, being a member of a paramilitary group opposed to the government of Ukraine”. Then the charge of “intent to commit a terrorist act” was filmed.
As reported in his LiveJournal, one of the leaders of the unregistered party “the Other Russia” Alexander Averin, Stimson origin of worker, the son of a miner — Union leader. He added that the Briton is an activist created the party of the volunteer movement “international Brigade”, sent in the people’s Republic of Donbass “about two thousand of volunteers, dozens of tons of equipment and humanitarian aid.”
The armed conflict in the Donbass began in the spring of 2014 after the attempt of the new Kiev authorities to suppress the demonstrations in Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The parties have repeatedly declared about the truce, however, to completely stop the fighting failed.