Suedi Murekezi, a US citizen of Rwandan origin, has been charged with inciting ethnic hatred in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). This was announced by his lawyer Sergey Litvishko in an interview with the Donetsk News Agency (DAN).
“Yes, the charge was brought against a US citizen Suedi Murekezi, who participated in pro-Ukrainian and anti-Russian rallies in Kherson. He is charged with inciting ethnic hatred,” the agency interlocutor said.
The lawyer noted that his client allegedly accidentally found himself in the epicenter of events. “As he says, for the first time he left the house, approached the rally, stood for a few minutes and left. Another time I went to the grocery store,” the human rights activist explained.
Suedi Murekezi is an American citizen arrested in Kherson in June 2022. In 1994, together with his family, he moved to the United States against the backdrop of the Rwandan Tutsi genocide. He lived in Minnesota, settled in Kherson a few years ago. According to his lawyer, despite his military past in the United States, Murekezi did not participate in military operations on the territory of Donbass, and in Kherson he worked part-time in nightclubs.
Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the DPR has several times announced the detention of foreigners, who, among other things, were accused of mercenary activities. 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. All of them appealed the verdict. The head of the DPR Denis Pushilin explained that, “if the court recognizes the appropriate measure of punishment, the sentence, then their cases will be transferred directly to the executive service for the implementation of the sentence.”
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The Russian Defense Ministry in July estimated the number of mercenaries from abroad in Ukraine at about 2.7 thousand people. In total, 7.1 thousand mercenaries have arrived in the country since the beginning of hostilities, the Russian military claimed. Kiev’s data that about 20 thousand foreigners take part in the battles on its side has been declared false by the Russian Defense Ministry.
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