17:25 Oct. 26, 2016
Stanyslav Klykh and Mykola Karpiuk were sentenced earlier this year to 22,5 and 20 years in Russia's high-security prison
Russia's Supreme Court has rejected the appeal filed by the defense team of Ukrainian prisoners Stanyslav Klykh and Mykola Karpiuk, who were sentenced earlier this year to 20 and 22.5 years behind bars for involvement in the Chechen war of 1994-1995 and fighting alongside Chechen separatists. Supreme Court ruled.
Supreme Court ruled that the verdict delivered by a Chechen court should stay in place.
The two Ukrainians deny their guilt. Human rights activists also dismissed the charges as totally fabricated, and emphasized that the defendants were tortured into false confessions.
Ukraine's Justice Ministry had sent a number of papers to Russia requesting the extradition of Ukrainian citizens.
Earlier this month human rights activists reported that Klykh's mental health has sharply deteriorated after reported tortures.