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The convicted men are activists from the Patriot of Ukraine civic movement. The trio — Volodymyr Shpara, Ihor Mosiychuk and Serhii Bevza — were arrested on Aug. 22, 2011 and held in pre-trial detention for two years. They were accused of plotting to dismantle a monument to Soviet Union leader Vladimir Lenin in Boryspil during Ukrainian Independence Day celebrations two days later.
Police say the search of the Patriot of Ukraine organization office in Vasylkiv, a city in Kyiv Oblast, found multiple leaflets calling for the demolition of the monument and the assassination of President Viktor Yanukovych, as well as a homemade bomb. All three denied the accusations and claimed the leaflets and the bomb were planted by police.