Ukrainian prisoners in Russia: Mental health of Ukrainian prisoner in Russia requires urgent treatment - journalist

12:04 Oct. 22, 2016

Mental health of Ukrainian prisoner in Russia requires urgent treatment - journalist

Stanislav Klykh in Russian prison (photo by: RFE/RL)

Stanislav Klykh's condition has deteriorated after reported tortures, a Russian human right activist and journalist Zoya Svetova says

The mental health of Ukrainian Stanislav Klykh, sentensed to 20 years in prison by the court in Chechnya, has deteriorated after he was reportedly tortured during his detention and trial. This is reported by Russian human right defender and journalist Zoya Svetova in an interview with RFE/RL.

Svetova says, Klykh requires urgent medical treatment and his situation needs to be addressed immediately.

Read also: Ukrainians need to know about tortures prisoners go through in Chechnya

‘Klykh is a person who has gone insane because of the tortures. He really is a horrible victim of the Russian repression towards Ukrainian citizens. It's unfathomable how he can endure the prison he is going to be sent to soon', Svetova said.

The journalist insisted Klykh must be provided with a mental evaluation and allowed to return home to be placed in a psychiatric hospital.

Amnesty International earlier called on Russia to provide the Ukrainian prisoner with ‘adequate medical treatment'.

‘His mental condition, likely caused by torture and other ill-treatment which the Russian authorities are refusing to investigate, requires urgent attention and independent assessment', the statement said.

Read also: Human rights group 'demolishes' charges against political prisoners Karpyuk and Klykh

On May 26, Ukrainians Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh were sentenced by the Chechen court to 22.5 and 20 years in prison respectively.

On May 19, the Chechen jury found the Ukrainian prisoners guilty on all the charges, including creating a criminal gang and killing Russian servicemen while participating in the Chechen war of 1994-1995 and fighting alongside Chechen separatists.

The defendants pleaded not guilty and said the charges are entirely fabricated.

Recently Russia initiated a new criminal investigation against Ukrainian prisoner Stanislav Klykh. This time Klykh, who was accused of killing Russian soldiers in the First Chechen War, is being charged with showing disrespect towards the court.

Source: svoboda.org (in Russian) 

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