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The Case of Political Prisoners Karpyuk And Klykh

05.04 17:02

They claim that in the period from December 1994 to January 1995 Karpyuk and Klyh together with other members of the gang repeatedly participated in combat clashes with soldiers of the Armed Forces in the territory of the Presidential Palace, “Mynutka” area and railway station of Groznyi town, during which at least 30 soldiers were killed and at least 13 were injured.

Ukraine started to demand a meeting of Ukraine’s consuls with citizens detained in Russia, Stanislav Klykh and Mykola Karpyuk.

On September 15 the Supreme Court of Chechnya began preliminary hearings in the criminal case against Ukrainians Stanislav Klyh and Mykola Karpyuk charged with accusation that in 1994-1995 they fought on the side of the UNA-UNSO against Russian troops.

In late August, the Investigation Committee of Russia announced referring to the court a criminal case against two citizens of Ukraine Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klyh on charges of involvement in the fighting against the Russian military in Chechnya on the side of local militias in the 1990s.

On September 15, 2015 to the MFA of Ukraine handed a protest note to the Consul of the Embassy of Russian Federation in Ukraine, which highlighted existing violations by the Russian side the rights of Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klyh, demanded objective and impartial review of their cases, strict implementation of Russia`s international legal obligations to bring to justice those responsible for violating them.

Stanislav Klyh, in particular, in July 2015 declared being tortured by members of the Russian law enforcement to obtain evidence and to abandon their earlier testimony given under torture. For all the detainees were not allowed to meet Ukrainian consular officials. “The Ukrainian side considers such actions as deliberate neglect of Russian Federation’s international obligations, including the provisions of the Consular Convention between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, as well as attempts to conceal violations of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading treatment or punishment”, – stressed in the Foreign Ministry.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry urged the international community to use all its influence on the Russian Federation to release all citizens of Ukraine who are unlawfully detained in Russia.
MFA stated about ten Ukrainians, illegally detained in Russia. This refers to Savchenko Nadiia, Oleh Sentsov, Oleksiy Chyrniy, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Genadiy Afanasyev, Serhiy Litvinov, Mykolay Karpyuk, Stanislav Klyh,

On October 28, the court in Grozny deprived Vira Savchenko of a public defender status in the case of Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klyh. “The court in Grozny deprived Vira Savchenko of the status of the Public Defender of Mykola Karpyuk and want to hold her liable for insulting the judge. They claim she said something wrong. Do as you wish, but just Savchenko ‘s case is more than enough for Russia”, – said Ilya Novikov.

On February 18, Human Rights Center “Memorial” called citizens of Ukraine Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klyh political prisoners. On March 14, hearing on Karpyuk and Klyh case was shifted.

On March 16, Ukrainian consul Alexander Kovtun was allowed to meet with Ukrainians. Diplomats was trying to get a meeting with prisoners since November 2015.

On March 17, Russian court dismissed the appeal for continued imprisonment.

On March 25, The National Security and Defense adopted sanction list against individuals involved in the illegal conviction of Ukrainians, including Karpyuk and Klyh.

On April 5, another case was opened against Stanislav Klyh for officer insult. In addition, the Supreme Court of Chechnya refused to add to the case defense witnesses which was sent by GPU.

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