Estonia's district court has sentenced Russian truck driver Vladimir Shilov to a real prison term for trying to smuggle three drones for Pskov paratroopers fighting in Ukraine, Estonian-based media outlet Delfi reported on July 21.
The prosecutors insisted that the purchase of drones in this case could be considered as support for an act of Russian aggression against Ukraine. They stressed that the relevant crime is punishable by up to five years in prison under Estonian legislation.
"Illegal support can be, for example, money or other material assistance that is used to support Russian aggression in Ukraine," said Harrys Puusepp, the director of the Security Police Bureau of Estonia.
In this regard, the court sentenced Shilov, 43, to a year in prison, four months of which he must serve immediately, and the remaining eight months of imprisonment will be suspended with four years of probation.