: Amnesty International starts urgent action to help Ukrainian political prisoner

11:09 Jul. 7, 2016

Amnesty International starts urgent action to help Ukrainian political prisoner

Stanyslav Klykh (UNIAN Photo)

Stanyslav Klykh, victim of unfair trial, health at risk - says international human rights organization  

Today, on July 6, Amnesty International, one of the most respectful international human rights organization, has announced the urgent aid campaign to help Stanyslav Klykh.

Amnesty International asks the Russian authorities to carry out an independent medical examination of Klykh outside Chechnya.

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

The relevant announcement is published on the organization site. The organization also states that Ukrainian prisoners Stanyslav Klykh and Mykola Karpyuk were victims of an unfair trial and were even tortured, as they alleged, by Russian investigative authorities.

The statement reads: "Stanyslav Klykh is currently in pre-trial detention after being sentenced on 26 May to 20 years in prison after an unfair trial. His mental condition, likely caused by torture and other ill-treatment which the Russian authorities are refusing to investigate, requires urgent attention and independent assessment."

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

Amnesty International calls on its supporters around the world to write letters to Investigative Committee head Bastrykin, Chechnya Prosecutor Sharpudi, and Prosecutor General Chaika to ensure Stanyslav Klykh is provided with a full mental healthcare assessment by an independent expert from outside of Chechnya and with adequate medical treatment as required.

The organization also urges to carry out a prompt, effective and impartial investigation into the torture allegations by Stanyslav Klykh and Mykola Karpyuk.

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On May 26, Ukrainians Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh were sentenced by the Chechen court to 22.5 and 20 years in prison respectively. On May 19, the Chechen jury found the Ukrainian prisoners guilty on all the charges, including 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 are entirely fabricated.

Recently Russia initiated a new criminal investigation against Ukrainian prisoner Stanislav Klykh. This time Klykh, who was accused of killing Russian soldiers in the First Chechen War, is being charged with showing disrespect towards the court.

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