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Ukrainian court sentences former lawmaker to 14 years in prison in absentia

A gavel rests on a judge bench. (The Columbus Dispatch/TNS)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

A court in Ukraine’s western city of Lviv on November 13 sentenced former lawmaker Illya Kyva to 14 years in prison in absentia after finding him guilty of high treason and public calls to seize power and change the constitutional order among other crimes.

Kyva has been known for his pro-Russia stance. After Russia launched its ongoing unprovoked invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Kyva moved to Russia, where he took part in televised pro-Kremlin talks shows and roundtables.