18:47 May. 11, 2016
Next court sitting is set on May 18th
The trial over Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh is postponed. On Wednesday, May 11th, both Ukrainians were supposed to their last plea with further debates on the case. The absence of one of the prosecutors is reported to be the official reason, though the lawyers insist the jury members have been forced to recognize Karpyuk and Klykh guilty. The judge declared official request to the state asking for guard for the jury.
New regular sitting is scheduled on May 18th. The lawyers expect it to be the last in the process, the jury are supposed to declare their verdict.
Mykola Karpyuk is said to have been kidnapped by Russia's secret service in March 2014 in Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine. Stanislav Klykh was arrested in August 2014 while being in the Russian city of Oryol. They both are accused of crossing Chechnya's border in 1994 with intent to "attack and murder citizens, members of the Armed Forces and law enforcement officers" and that they led 'Viking' gang, which allegedly included Dmytro Yarosh.