: Ukraine sends papers to Russia to extradite another Ukrainian political prisoner

17:20 Jun. 16, 2016

Ukraine sends papers to Russia to extradite another Ukrainian political prisoner

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

Chechen court recently sentenced Ukrainian Mykola Karpiuk to 22.5 years in prison 

Ukraine's Ministry of Justice has prepared and handed over to Russia the papers necessary for extraditing Mykola Karpiuk to Ukraine.

He is a Ukrainian political prisoner who was illegally sentenced by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Chechnya, Deputy Justice Minister on European Integration Serhiy Petukhov wrote on Facebook.

Karpiuk, born in 1964, the leader of the Ukrainian National Assembly-Ukrainian National Self-Defense (UNA-UNSO) and one of the founders of the Right Sector, was detained under unclear circumstances in Russia on March 21, 2014. 

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Based only on the statements of a Crimean recidivist serving a sentence in a Russian colony, the Russian services fabricated a criminal case against Karpiuk, claiming he allegedly fought against federal troops during the First Chechen War and even killed a number of Russian soldiers.

On May 26, the judge of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Chechnya Vakhit Ismailov ruled to sentence Ukrainian citizen Mykola Karpiuk to 22.5 years in a strict-regime penal colony.

Another political prisoner is Ukrainian history lecturer and journalist Stanislav Klykh, who was arrested 11 August 2014 in the Russian city of Orel, where he came to meet his girlfriend. Alongside Karpiuk, he was accused of creating a criminal gang and killing Russian servicemen while participating in the Chechen war of 1994-1995 and fighting alongside Chechen separatists. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Reporting by UNIAN

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