: Russia starts new trial proceedings on cases of imprisoned Ukrainians
Crime15:41 Mar. 24, 2016

Russia starts new trial proceedings on cases of imprisoned Ukrainians

Lawyers claim the accusations are false and politically pre-determined

The trial on Ahtem Chyigoz and two other Crimean-Tatar activists continues. They are accused of organizing and participating in mass demonstrations in Simferopol two years ago. The so-called General Prosecutor of Russian-occupied authorities on the Crimean peninsula Nataliya Poklonskaya demands all three culprits must be sentenced to 15 years behind bars.

Their lawyer Mykola Polozov instead claims the case is forged. He charges Poklonska of being a Kremlin envoy to the occupied Ukrainian territories.

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Two more imprisoned Ukrainians - Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klyh - are set to be brought to trial on Thursday. Last time the Supreme Court of Grozny refused to release the arrested.

Two years ago both Ukrainians were captured and accused of killing Russian soldiers during the Chechen war 20 years ago.

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