"I do not believe in justice in our case", "It’s going nowhere", - Russian-held Ukrainian political prisoners Karpiuk and Klykh

Ukrainian political prisoners held in the Russian Federation Stanislav Klykh and Mykola Karpiuk say they fell victims of provocation staged by the Russian secret services. They do not expect the Russian courts hearing their cases to be objective.

As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, they said via video conference from Grozny-1 jail as the Russian Supreme Court was hearing the appeals against their sentences.

Karpiuk said that he had been unable to dwell on his alibi during the trial in Chechnya. "I do not believe in justice in this case. The Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic declared that the Russian legislation enjoys judicial extraterritoriality. The concept of law is treated according to an FSB member's instructions," he said. The convict stressed that pressure was exerted on the jury - they were put in position where they had to decide whether they supported the government or Ukrainians.

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In turn, Klykh described himself as a victim of 'holiday season.' "I was not in Chechnya, but how can I prove it 20 years later?" he said. The convict emphasized that the case was trumped-up while they were held by the special services supposedly for ransom. According to Klykh, they were criminally prosecuted due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. He also said that he attended school in Moscow and some of his classmates became members of the FSB, so, he might probably be persecuted over some sort of a grudge between them in the past.

Klykh called Chechnya "the area of lawlessness" where tortures were usual thing. According to him, any citizen of Ukraine who arrived in Russia can be persecuted in the Russian Federation in such a manner.

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"I absolutely refuse to be associated with UNA-UNSO (Ukrainian National Assembly - Ukrainian People's Self-Defense is a Ukrainian political organization seen as far-right in Ukraine and abroad - Ed.) and other organizations," he said. "We are held here and it's going nowhere. There may be a swap," Klykh added.

During the hearing, the lawyer asked the court to attach files proving the alibi of the accused to the case (they were rejected by the court of the first instance). In particular, the counsel submitted documents proving that Klykh was passing exams at the university in Kyiv in late 1994 - early 1995. This alibi was also confirmed by several witnesses. These petitions were attached to the case file despite the objections of the prosecutor. In addition, as emphasized by the defense, traces of torture through electrocuting were found on the defendants' bodies.

Earlier, the court of Grozny (Russia) convicted two citizens of Ukraine May 19. Chechnya's Supreme Court sentenced Karpiuk to 22 years and six months in a high-security prison and Klykh to 20 years in prison May 26. The Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation dismissed the appeal of Ukrainians Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh against their confinement June 14.

Feb. 17, 2016, Russian Human Rights Center Memorial recognized citizens of Ukraine Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh political prisoners whom Russia was unlawfully holding in prison. According to human rights activists, the indictment in this case was made with violations and described nonexistent crimes.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n412299