MIP Congratulates Mykola Semena on 69th Birthday
The staff of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine congratulates Mykola Semena, a famous Ukrainian journalist illegally convicted in occupied Crimea, on his 69th birthday.
“Dear Mr Mykola, on this day I want to express my admiration of you and wish you good health, strength, and zeal in your fight for your rights against the occupational ‘authorities’ of Crimea. We will certainly win, Crimea will return to Ukraine, and you will be able to do the job of your life—write the truth—once again,” the Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Yuriy Stets, was quoted as saying.
On 22 September 2017, the Kremlin-controlled Zaliznychnyi district court of Simferopol sentenced Mykola Semena, a contributor to “Radio Liberty” and “Krym.Realii”, to two and a half years of suspended imprisonment with a three-year probation period, also prohibiting him to seek public office. Later on, the court commuted the sentence with regard to additional punishment, cutting the period of the prohibition to seek public office from three years to two.
On 21 December 2017, Mykola Semena’s book “A Crimean Report” (the chronicles of the 2014-2016 occupation of Crimea), published with the Ministry’s support, was presented at Crimean House. On 7 February 2019, the English version of the book was presented.
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