A Moldovan citizen was sentenced to three years in prison for being a mercenary in Donetsk, Ukraine

The Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Organized Crime and Special Cases (PCCOCS) announces the sentencing of a Moldovan citizen to three years in prison. That is for committing the crime of mercenary in Donetsk, Ukraine, in the period 2016-2021. He was reportedly paid 150,000 Russian rubles annually, writes Diez.md.

“The man is from the Străseni district and is 34 years old. Based on the evidence gathered by the officers of the Intelligence and Security Service, he was detained upon his return to the country, at the Sculeni border crossing point and subjected to investigations. The defendant admitted his guilt to the commission of the crime of mercenary, manifested by his participation in the armed conflict in Ukraine, by contributing to the secession of the separatist regions of Luhansk and Donetsk of Ukraine,” the PCCOCS press release states.

According to the information presented by the prosecutor’s office, initially, he would have enlisted in the “Pervaia Slaveanscaia Brigada” military formation of the self-proclaimed Donetsk republic, in which he participated in the military conflict as a soldier. Later, he was promoted as battalion commander, and later – platoon commander in telecommunications. According to the defendant’s statements, he was remunerated monthly, and the total annual amount was 150,000 Russian rubles.


As he admitted his guilt, according to the law he benefited from a reduced sentence and was sentenced to three years and six months in prison. The man was remanded in custody pending sentencing on Friday, November 11, 2022.

We would like to mention that, on September 26, Maia Sandu announced that Moldovans who have the citizenship of the Russian Federation and fight on the side of the aggressor could lose their Moldovan citizenship.

According to the MAEIE, the mercenary’s participation in an armed conflict, in military actions or in other violent actions is punishable in our country with imprisonment from five to 10 years.

Also on September 26, the police of the Kherson region announced that a citizen of the Republic of Moldova had been kidnapped by the Russian military in the Kherson region.

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