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Semena Says Verdict 'Great Detriment To Russian Journalism'

A court in Russia-occupied Crimea found RFE/RL contributor Mykola Semena guilty on a charge of separatism and handed him a 2 1/2 year suspended sentence on September 22. According to the prosecutor, Semena had called for the violation of Russia's territory integrity in his writing. Outside the court in Simferopol, Semena told RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service that the Russian law under which he was sentenced presents a threat to journalism in Russia.