Kurbedinov was charged with committing an offense punishable under article 20.3 of the Administrative Offenses Code of the Russian Federation (propaganda or public demonstration of Nazi emblems or symbols, emblems or symbols of extremist organizations or other emblems or symbols, propaganda or public display of which is prohibited by federal laws) the signs of which were allegedly found in his post on Facebook of 2013.
Kurbedinov's colleagues say the complaint against him was filed by a former resident of Crimea who moved to Damascus.
Kurbedinov believes he is persecuted due to his human rights activities, assistance to political prisoners, and legal protection of Ukrainian serviceman Bohdan Nebylytsia.
Kurbedinov’s legal counsel, Oleksii Ladin, said delivering a speech in the Kyiv district court of Simferopol that the case must be dismissed for lack of substantiation. Ladin reminded the court that in 2013 Crimea had been under the jurisdiction of Ukraine which imposed no bans on the mentioned symbols, which means that Kurbedinov had no direct intent to commit an offense.
The court also turned down the petition to drop the administrative case over expiration of the statute of limitations.
One of the witnesses in the Kurbedinov’s case was a Russian FSB Security Service member Andrei Sushko who took part in the detention and torture of Crimean Tatar activist Renat Paralamov.
The U.S. previously put Sushko on its sanctions list suspecting him of abducting Paralamov.
As reported, the law enforcers in the Russian-occupied Crimea apprehended Kurbedinov on the way to his office on Dec. 6.