In the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Suedi Murekezi, a US citizen of Rwandan origin, has been charged with inciting ethnic hatred. This was announced by his lawyer Serhiy Litvishko in an interview with the Donetsk News Agency (DAN).
“Yes, US citizen Suedi Murekezi, who participated in pro-Ukrainian and anti-Russian rallies in Kherson, has been charged. He is charged with inciting ethnic hatred, & mdash; said the interlocutor of the agency.
The lawyer noted that his client allegedly accidentally found himself in the epicenter of events. “As he says, he left the house for the first time, went to the rally, stood for several minutes and left. Another time I went to the store for groceries, — explained the human rights activist.
Suedi Murekezi— an American citizen arrested in Kherson in June 2022. In 1994, he moved to the United States with his family amid the Rwandan Tutsi genocide. He lived in the state of Minnesota, a few years ago he settled in Kherson. According to his lawyer, despite his military past in the United States, Murekezi did not participate in hostilities in the Donbass, and in Kherson worked part-time in nightclubs.
Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the DPR has already several times announced the detention of foreigners, who, among other things, were accused of mercenarism. So, in early June, a court in the DPR sentenced to death two British citizens Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin, as well as Moroccan Saadoun Brahim. They all appealed the verdict. The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, explained that “if the court recognizes the appropriate measure of punishment, the verdict, then their cases will be transferred directly to the executive service for the implementation of the verdict.”
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The Russian Ministry of Defense in July estimated the number of mercenaries from abroad in Ukraine at about 2.7 thousand people. In total, since the beginning of hostilities, the Russian military claimed that 7.1 thousand mercenaries arrived in the country. Kyiv's data that about 20 thousand foreigners take part in the battles on its side was declared false by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
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