: Russian 'Chechen War' Trial: Ukrainian prisoners face at least 22 years in prison

13:20 May. 24, 2016

Russian 'Chechen War' Trial: Ukrainian prisoners face at least 22 years in prison

Flashmob in support of Mykola Karpiuk, Kyiv (UNIAN Photo)

Chechen's jury found Klykh and Karpiuk guilty on all charges 

The prosecutors asked the Chechen court to sentence Ukrainians Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh to 22.5 and 22 years in prison respectively.

On May 19, the Chechen's jury found the Ukrainian prisoners guilty on all the charges against them, as reported by RFE/RL. The trial over them is underway in the Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic in Russia.

They both are accused of creating a criminal gang and killing Russian servicemen while participating in the Chechen war of 1994-1995 and fighting alongside Chechen separatists. The defendants say the charges are entirely fabricated.

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Both men said they had rock solid alibies as to their whereabouts. The two men are considered by their home country, Ukraine, to be political prisoners.

In the jury's opinion, the prosecution proved the charged offense, however, Stanislav Klykh 'deserved indulgence' because of his state of health.

Before being arrested Karpiuk and Klykh were connected only by the fact that they were both members of right-wing movement the Ukrainian National Assembly, which is now known as Right Sector.

Karpiuk was detained in Russia in March 2014 whilst there on a business trip. He says he had hoped through a middleman to arrange a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He says he was tortured and his son was threatened. Karpiuk's wife says her husband has a solid alibi. In 1993-94, when he is alleged to have been fighting alongside Chechens, he was in Ukraine working as the head of one local branch of the Ukrainian National Assembly.

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Ukrainian history lecturer and journalist Stanislav Klykh was arrested 11 August 2014 in the Russian city of Orel, where he came to meet his girlfriend. His parents said for over a year they had no idea of his whereabouts. 

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Stanislav Klykh (UNIAN photo)

His mother showed his diploma – according to which he was at university from 1991 to 1996. She says she can't understand how anyone could believe Russian prosecutors when they say that her son was fighting in Russia in 1994.

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According to human right activists Klykh was subjected to a range of forms of torture for the first two months after he was taken into a solitary confinement cell. These included: being beaten, suspended, electric shocks and being deprived of food and drink.

 

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