Support Ruslan Kotsaba (12/2015)
Journalist Ruslan Kotsaba was arrested on 8 February 2015 in the courtroom of his home town Iwano-Frankiwsk (Western Ukraine). Shortly before he had declared in a video message to President Petro Poroschenko his refusal to be drafted and that he would rather endure 5 years in prison than shoot at his „fellow citizens living in the East“. He called upon his compatriots to refuse military service, too. The German newspaper „tageszeitung“ (taz) reported on 9 February 2015: „Kotsaba supported Maidan in 2014 as an activist. In the Presidential l elections he voted for President Poroschenko. As a journalist he had several times sent reports from the areas controlled by the insurgents. Ruslan Kotsaba is going to be charged with treason according to article 111 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code, therefore he runs the risk of being sentenced to 12 to 15 years imprisonment.