: Ukraine's Klykh, sentenced to 20 years in Chechnya, now accused of disrespect

17:47 Jun. 18, 2016

Ukraine's Klykh, sentenced to 20 years in Chechnya, now accused of disrespect

Ukrainian Prisoners Mykola Karpyuk (L) and Stanislav Klykh (R) imprisoned in Russia's Chechnya (UNIAN Photo)

Russian investigators claim Klykh insulted judge during his trial

Russia has initiated a new criminal investigation against Ukrainian prisoner Stanislav Klykh, already sentenced to 20 years in prison in Chechnya. This time Klykh, who was accused of killing Russian soldiers in the First Chechen War, is being charged with showing disrespect towards the court. 

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

According to RFE/RL, Russian prosecutors claim Klykh insulted the judge during his previous trial. Ukrainian prisoner's lawyer says, the investigation has just started and that Klykh has dismissed the accusations during the interrogation. 

The lawyer Marina Dubrovina informs she has applied for the evaluation of his client's psychological conditions, which could explain his behaviour. Dubrovina says she is afraid Klykh's mental health has been damaged after the tortures, conducted by the Russian investigators. 

Read also: Ukrainian on trial in Chechnya refuses to hear evidence obtained from him by torture

On May 19, 2016 Stanislav Klykh and another Ukrainian prisoner in Russia Mykola Karpyuk were found guilty on all charges by the court in Chechnya. They were 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 pleaded not guilty and said the charges were entirely fabricated. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised to do everything he can to free both Ukrainians, who are believed to be unjustly imprisoned by Russia. 

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