March 20, the Kremlin-controlled Railway District Court of Simferopol postponed the consideration of case against Crimean journalist Nikolai Semena. The delay was caused by the request of the defense to provide a more spacious courtroom, since not all journalists could attend the meeting, and without this condition, an open and transparent trial is impossible.
April 19, 2016, the former "Prosecutor" of the Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya filed a criminal case on charges of separatism against journalist Nikolai Semena for his published articles.
April 28, after interrogations and searches, Semena was transferred to the status of a suspect. The journalist denies the accusations of the occupation authorities.
December 7, Nikolay Semena was charged in the final version of six volumes.
January 20, 2017, employees of the invaders-controlled law enforcement agencies in Simferopol handed a bill of indictment to journalist Nikolai Semena. He faces up to five years in prison for "calls for separatism" in the Russian Federation.