Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ukrainian Politician Detained for Inciting Secession

A Ukrainian politician who headed an eastern Russian-speaking region until earlier this month has been detained for inciting secession, prosecutors said. Mikhail Dobkin, who was removed from his post in the Kharkov Region on March 2 to run in the upcoming presidential election, could face up to five years in prison for “attacks on the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine,” the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement. The Public Television channel reported on Tuesday evening that a court in Kiev ruled to place him under house arrest. Dobkin said he would appeal the ruling. The politician said that he still planned to run in the early presidential elections, scheduled for May 25, despite the legal proceedings.

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