Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh, the two Ukrainian citizens charged with fighting against Russian federal troops in Chechnya in the 1990s, are actually the victims of a travesty of justice orchestrated by the Kremlin. Amnesty International reported this on Thursday evening, after the Ukrainian lost their appeals against the prison sentences that they got.
'Russia’s case against these men defies reason. The numerous fair trial violations and the unconvincing prosecution evidence all point to a fabricated case. They were denied access to their lawyers of choice and allege that their confessions were forced from them as a result of torture,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Regional Office Director. “Rather than taking the opportunity to correct this blatant travesty of justice, Moscow’s Supreme Court has again overlooked the evidence and upheld the prosecution case in this propaganda-driven show trial'.
Klykh and Karpyuk were unable to use assistance of their chosen lawyers for several months after their arrest in 2014, during which time they allege they were tortured into confessing. The Ukrainians were convicted of killing Russian soldiers in Chechnya in the 1990s, despite both providing credible evidence that they were not in the unstable region at the time. Moscow’s Supreme Court today upheld sentences of 22 years in jail for Karpyuk and 20 for Klykh.
Source: Amnesty International