16 Nov 2017 17:01

Ukrainian security services operative Shtyblikov sentenced to 5 years in Crimean penal colony

SIMFEROPOL. Nov 16 (Interfax) - A Simferopol court has sentenced Dmytro Shtyblikov, who was named as a Ukrainian security services operative by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), to five years of imprisonment and a fine in the amount of 200,000 rubles.

"Five years in a maximum-security penal colony and a fine of 200,000 rubles. The court took into account the year which Shytblikov had spent in custody during the investigation, in other words, he has four years left. The case was heard in accordance with special procedure, Shtyblikov pleaded guilty to all charges," a representative of the Simferopol City Court told Interfax.

Shtyblikov was found guilty of illegal possession of weapons and preparations of an act of sabotage committed by an organized group.

On November 9, 2016, the FSB reported the detention of three members of a sabotage and terrorist group of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Main Directorate of Intelligence for plotting acts of sabotage at Crimea's military facilities and crucial infrastructure sites. They were identified as Dmytro Shtyblikov, Oleksiy Bessarabov, and Volodymyr Dudko.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry denied that the arrested men are its employees.