In two weeks, 41-year-old Benjamin Stimson, who is tried for participation in the activities of illegal armed groups in the East of Ukraine, will be sentenced in the UK, The Times reported.
Benjamin Stimson is a British socialist and a former businessman who in 2015 spent four months in the Donbas, where he joined the separatists and pro-Russian militants. Initially, according to the investigation, he arrived in Moscow, and then in Rostov, from where he went to the Donbas.
In 2015, Stimson was in the territory of the occupied Luhansk region and posted photos in the social network Vkontakte, which is now banned in Ukraine, representing him in military uniform, with weapons, together with the "LPR" militants and the symbols of the so-called "Novorossia", on the terrorists’ combat positions.
The mercenary was arrested in February 2016, after he had returned to Manchester, but was released on bail pending trial. However, the court resumed in September this year. Stimson is tried for crimes under article 5 of the United Kingdom's law of 2006 on terrorism. He is accused of committing a terrorist act, participating in preparing for the implementation of such an intention and facilitating the implementation of terrorist acts.
It is worth noting that in an interview with BBC, Stimson stated that “Russia has become a victim of Western imperialist aggression” and that he was “ready to kill people in the course of hostilities.”
BBC noted that he is the first indicted for terrorism in Britain in connection with the conflict in the East of Ukraine.