“The money was never paid.” Cleaner Svetlana Bubuek received 6 years in prison for organizing a “referendum” in the village of Dudchany in the Kherson region.

About this with reference to court sentence reports Center for Investigative Journalism.

As the court established, Svetlana Bubuek, residents of the village of Dudchany, Berislavsky district, Kherson region local Gauleiter Tatyana Abramovich offered 50 thousand rubles for help in organizing an illegal referendum on the “annexation” of the Kherson region to the Russian Federation. Before this, Bubuek sat without income and worked a little in the fields, and from August 1, 2022, she got a job as a cleaner in the occupation administration of the village of Dudchany.

Svetlana Bubuek voluntarily agreed to work on the referendum and tried to convince the court that she did not agitate anyone to vote for Russia. However, her words were refuted by witnesses. According to one of the village residents, during the so-called referendum he was hiding with his family at home, but agitators tried to find them and force them to take part in the “vote.” Other witnesses said that Svetlana Bubuek and other accomplices campaigned to vote for the Russian Federation and said that “Dudchane is Russia.”

“Bubuek brought a box with forms, went into people’s yards, gave her a pen and said: “Vote, there will be money.” Don’t be afraid of anything! Russia is here forever,” the court verdict stated with reference to witness testimony.

Some of the witnesses said that the occupiers invited them to also take part in the “referendum” in Dudchany and offered 50 thousand rubles for this. However, they refused, although they also had money problems at the time.

Svetlana Bubuek herself complained that Gauleiter Dudchan Tatyana Abramovich never paid her for the “referendum” and fled with all the money after the Ukrainian Armed Forces entered the village. The collaborator did not admit her guilt and tried to convince the court that she was forced to cooperate with the occupiers under the weight of circumstances. But the court found her allegations to be unfounded and not supported by evidence.

Svetlana Bubuek was found guilty of collaboration activities under Part 5 of Art. 111-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The court sentenced her to imprisonment for 6 years with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions in government bodies and engage in activities related to the electoral process for a period of 10 years with confiscation of all property. In particular, a residential building and two plots of land for commercial agricultural production with a total area of ​​almost 4.6 hectares will be confiscated from the collaborator – this property was seized by the Central District Court of Nikolaev back in March 2023.

At the same time, as residents of Dudchan told CJR, Svetlana Bubuek was also involved in the kidnapping and murder of her common-law husband by the Russian occupiers.

“She handed him over to the Russians because she really didn’t like his question about what she would do when the Ukrainian Armed Forces entered the village. He was tortured, and after Dudchan’s dismissal he was found murdered in a forest belt,” said the village residents.

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