Read the original text by Zoya Svetova, Russian jornalist, member of Public Oversight Commission for Human Rights Observance in Moscow, at openrussia.org.
Russia’s 12 jurors issued the verdict in the case of "Ukrainian nationalists" Stanislav Klykh and Mykola Karpyuk. They found them guilty of the death and injury of dozens of Russian soldiers in Chechnya in 1994-1995.
According to the prosecution, these Ukrainians, as members of the UNA-UNSO, Ukrainian far-right political organization Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People's Self-Defence, participated in the battles for Grozny (Russian Army's invasion and subsequent conquest of the Chechen capital, Grozny, during the early months of the First Chechen War), killing and wounding several dozen Russian soldiers. The jury found that the prosecution version is proved – Ed.
This is one of the most insane and monstrous cases against Ukrainian citizens after annexation of Crimea in terms of falsifications. Mykola Karpyuk, former head of the banned in Russia UNA-UNSO organization and history teacher Stanislav Klykh that, was a member of UNA-UNSO, became the defendants in a long-standing dusty criminal case of Chechen fighters that killed Russian soldier. The case was initiated in 2000, but it was repeatedly suspended and re-instituted. Ukrainians in this case "appeared" in 2014. This is one of the so-called “artificial criminal cases.” There was a clear and unambiguous order for the arrest of Ukrainian nationalists who had to talk about the crimes of former Ukraine’s Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, leader of far-right organization Pravyi Sektor Yarosh and other high-ranking Ukrainian politicians. And is was done.
Alexander Malofeev, HIV-positive repeat offender with the experience, being in prison, testified that 20 years ago he fought in Chechnya together with Yarosh and Yatsenyuk. He also called Klykh and Karpyuk (at that time they were detained in Russia).
Almost a year later Stanislav Klykh was found in Pyatigorsk prison, and a lawyer Marina Dubrovina managed to see him. He told her the details of the terrible tortures, which made him mad. Lawyer Dubrovina has also learned that Karpyuk is in Chelyabinsk prison. He was just hidden from everyone: from human rights activists, relatives, Ukrainian consuls, and the lawyer was able to meet him in Grozny jail, when Karpyuk was brought to the court.
Now it is obvious why the prosecution did not want that these defendants had the real protectors: during the trial they masterly destroyed artificial and ridiculous charges.
The trial lasted for more than six months; the jury were the parents of dead Russian soldiers, allegedly killed by Klykh and Karpyuk. And it turned out that these witnesses, without even realizing, destroyed the accusation.
In his last word, Mykola Karpyuk managed to tell the jury how he was tortured. Stanislav Klykh also told that he was tortured; he showed the jury the wounds on his feet (his feet were burned by electricity), the scars did not disappeared yet.
Killed, but in the different place and with the different weapons
During the hearings, there was told a lot about military operations in Grozny during the first war in Chechnya, and, of course, all the jurors are well aware of what was happening.
Lawyers, relying on the testimony of relatives of the victims who spoke in court, and on the materials of forensic examinations, explained to the jury that the 30 military personnel could not be killed by their clients.
According to the prosecution, Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh were armed with Kalashnikov rifles, caliber 5.45 mm. After analyzing the deaths of 20 soldiers, lawyer Dubrovina found that only two of them died from gunshot bullet wounds. But the prosecution did not provide evidence that they have got the bullet caliber 5.45 mm. In addition, relatives of the dead do not specify the place of their death, and any other documents that would confirm that these soldiers were killed just near the railway station or on Minutka Square.
Another eight soldiers have died with the main cause of death being mine blast injuries and thermal burns. The accused just could not cause the mine blast injuries and thermal burns, being armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles with a caliber 5.45 mm.
Also, the prosecution failed to provide evidence of the deaths of ten more soldiers. Relatives of the victims told in court that they were not aware of the details of their deaths, and, in general, is known only to the date - January 1, 1995.
Karpyuk’s lawyer Dokka Itslaev analyzed the circumstances of the death of ten soldiers killed and injury of another 13. It was found that none of the dead and wounded could not be the victim of his client: they were not killed by firearms and were not injured by bullets of caliber 5.45 mm.
In addition, according to relatives of the victims and the victims themselves (those wounded in Grozny in January 1995), these people were not involved in the fighting neither on Minutka Square before 7 PM, December 31, 1994, not at the railway station in Grozny, after 7 MP, December 31, 1994.
They could not take part in these battles, because from 31 December 1994 to 2 January 1995 there were no fights on Minutka Square in Grozny. And it has been proven in court.
Thanks to the careful work of lawyers, the trace of political expediency in this case was found.
Although the verdict found Klykh and Karpyuk guilty, after some time the accused will come back to Ukraine.
However, none those who tortured Karpyuk and threatened his young son if he does not give the necessary evidence, and none of those who tortured Klykh, are not punished.