Court adjourns hearing on case of Russian special agents for March 21
16:17, 15 March 2016

Court adjourns hearing on case of Russian special agents for March 21

One of the defendant’s lawyers gone missing

16:17, 15 March 2016

Holosiivsky District Court in Kyiv adjourned the hearing on the case of Russian Spetsnaz fighters Yevgenii Yerofeev and Alexandr Alexandrov. The hearing is slated for March 21 (Radio Liberty). 

Until then, Alexandrov has to find a new lawyer instead of Yuriy Hrabovsky, who went missing under unknown circumstances. On March 9, Hrabovsky wrote at Facebook that he had to leave Ukraine due to safety concerns; he didn’t specify any more details. Yerofeev’s lawyer Oxana Sokolovska asked the court to ensure her safety, as she is currently under pressure because of defending the Russian serviceman in Ukraine. However, Sokolovska failed to prove her claim; the court decided to consider her appeal next Monday.

March 10, the police issued the missing person’s alert saying that since March 5, there was no data about Hrabovsky’s whereabouts.   

Fighters of Russia’ Special Forces Alexandr Alexandrov and Yevgenii Yerofeev were detained in May 2015 near Schastya town, Luhansk region, where they fought against Ukrainian troops as members of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic. Ukraine’s prosecutors charged them with illegal border crossing, murder of a Ukrainian serviceman and a terrorist attack on positions of the 92nd Detached Brigade of the Armed Forces that stood guard near thermal power plant near Schastya.

At first, Yerofeev and Alexandrov confessed they were Russian troopers, but later in court, they withdrew their testimony.

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