A trial against a resident of Shevchenkove urban-type settlement (Kupiansk district) will happen in Ordzhonikidzevskyi District Court of Kharkiv City. He’s accused of voluntary collaboration with Russian occupation authorities. 

The Kharkiv regional prosecutor’s office already submitted the indictment to the court. 

According to the investigation, a 57-year-old man who lived in the urban-type settlement Shevchenkove in the Kupiansk district voluntarily stepped into the position of “main specialist for the sector of internal affairs in Shevchenkove territorial directory of military state administration of the Kupiansk district in Kharkiv oblast” under Russian occupation.  

The Prosecutor’s Office states the man spread propagandist newspaper Kharkov-Z among the locals. The magazine contained materials that aimed to establish and sustain a positive attitude towards the occupying country. 

“Magazine’s articles denied the Russian armed aggression in Ukraine, occupiers were portrayed as “liberators,” plus they had statements on [how Russia] is taking care of [occupied territories] and is [always] ready to provide any help to the population,” says the message. 

The suspect also was responsible for collecting information about places to install stands and bulletin boards for putting out materials for [propagandist] campaigns, the Prosecutor’s Office adds.

Apart from that, investigators figured out that the man had been collecting information about the location of election commissions on the territory of Shevchenkove settlement hromada and searched for facilities fitting to conduct a so-called “referendum” about joining the Kupiansk district to the Russian Federation. 

The man was detained under the Art. 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine. Right now, he’s in custody. 

Note: According to Article 63 of the Constitution of Ukraine, a person is presumed innocent of committing a crime and shall not be subjected to criminal punishment until their guilt is proved through legal procedure and established by a court verdict of guilty.

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