Aim of Russia's Game: Arrest of ‘saboteurs' in Crimea could result in halt of prisoner exchange

13:43 Nov. 10, 2016

Arrest of ‘saboteurs' in Crimea could result in halt of prisoner exchange

Mark Feygin, former lawyer of Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko and the current lawyer of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko (Getty Images)

Russian lawyer Mark Feygin is convinced Russia staged another fake to justify its crimes

Mark Feygin, the former lawyer of Nadiya Savchenko, who is now defending the rights of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, warns that arrest of another group of Ukrainian ‘saboteurs' in Crimea could result in a freeze of negotiations on the prisoner exchange.

"It is odd that the incident coincided with the large-scale events such as elections in the US and the position of one of the candidates, who spoke about the possibility of negotiations on Crimea, and recognition of its annexation. It seems, that there is some political pumping up. I believe that this is another fake," Feygin told Ukrainian 112 channel.

Such events are always followed by political consequences, he said.

"For example, freezing all negotiations on humanitarian exchanges. Now, when the new so-called saboteurs emerged, it becomes problematic to talk about the exchange of Sentsov, Kolchenko, Karpyuk and Klykh," said the lawyer.

He also reminded that the first ‘Crimean saboteurs' who were detained in August, are now in Moscow's Lefortovo prison. Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who was illegally detained and charged with espionage in early October, is also kept there.

The alleged arrest of Ukrainian ‘sabotage group' comes as humanitarian subgroup at Trilateral Contact Group is holding talks in Minsk on release of the hostages kept in the territory not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.

Russia's security service, the FSB, maintained that officers of Ukraine's Chief Directorate of Intelligence were detained in Sevastopol on November 9.

Ukraine's Defense Ministry has dismissed the allegations as another fake "aimed at covering up the Russia's repressive actions against residents of the peninsula, as well as discrediting Ukraine."

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