Famous Russian journalist Dmitry Shipilov from Kemerovo area in Siberia has acquired asylum in Ukraine.
Shipilov advised RFE/RL by cellphone that he entered Ukraine from Belarus on February 25 and requested for political asylum. On February 26 he was allowed to remain in Ukraine as his software for political asylum was taken for consideration.
Shipilov says it’s unlikely that he would ever return to Russia.
In 2012 Shipilov was sentenced to 11 months of neighborhood service after he was convicted for insulting Kemerovo area’s governor.
Shipilov insisted that the case was politically motivated and fled to Moscow.
In September, Moscow police arrested Shipilov and transported him to Kemerovo, the place he spent three months in jail for failure to hold out his earlier sentence.
Shipilov was additionally underneath stress for his interview with Siberian activist Artyom Loskutov, an organizer of a march for the “federalization” of Siberia that was deliberate for August as a mockery of Russia’s calls for to federalize Ukraine. The march was banned by authorities and by no means befell.