Russian Opposition Leader Jailed for 8 Years for Discussing Bucha Massacre

Reuters

Russian opposition leader Ilya Yashin was convicted on Friday of spreading “fake news” about the massacre of civilians in Ukraine, with a Moscow court sentencing him to eight years and six months in prison.

Yashin, 39, will also be banned from using the internet after his release as a result of the livestream on his YouTube channel in April. In the video, Yashin discussed the discovery of murdered Ukrainian civilians in the suburban town of Bucha, near Kyiv, after Russian troops withdrew from the area at the end of March. At least 458 bodies were found in mass graves or lying out in the open, with officials saying 419 showed signs of having been tortured, shot, or bludgeoned to death. Children were found among the dead.

Russian authorities have consistently denied responsibility for the massacre, instead saying international journalists’ photos and videos of corpses in civilian clothing with their hands bound were “fakes” and a Ukrainian “provocation.” In his April 7 livestream, Yashin discussed evidence of atrocities gathered by Western reporters, comparing what they had uncovered with the official Kremlin version of events.

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