Ukrainian citizen Stanislav Klykh, illegally detained and put behind bars in Russia in August 2014, could have been ratted out by a woman he fell for in Russia. His mother Tamara Klykh said that while talking to a group of human rights activists from Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine. The latter gathered information about Klykh and his detention in Russia to be spread across foreign media abroad – for further awareness of numerous trumped-up political cases fabricated in Russia.
‘In a recent interview, Tamara Klykh spoke of the anguish she and her husband have gone through and the pain of watching their only son being systematically driven insane. Concerns about Stanislav’s mental health were voiced shortly after the ‘trial’ began in October 2015. Russia has rejected calls for an independent psychiatric assessment, including an offer from world-renowned psychiatrists to undertake such a study. Tamara Klykh is clear that Moscow cannot afford such an assessment which would destroy the case,’ reads the article at the website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG).
The activists reminded their readers the story of Klykh and another Ukrainian political prisoner Mykola Karpyuk; when detained in Russia, they were accused with the same violations and thus had their cases considereby the court as a single case.
‘Mykola Karpyuk, deputy head of Right Sector and member of the older Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian Peoples’ Self Defence (UNA UNSO) had been tricked into coming to Russia and seized back in March 2014. Klykh had been fleetingly a member of UNA-UNSO while at university, but had long become disillusioned with politics. This, however, was enough for the Russian FSB to seize both men and hold them totally incommunicado. Both men have described similar horrific torture – beatings, electric shock, psychotropic drugs, and more - since being finally allowed proper lawyers, and have retracted all ‘confessions’, the article goes on.
The KHPG members reiterated that Russia accused both men with fighting Russian regular army in Chechnya in late 1994-early 1995 – having no serious reasons or evidence for that kind of accusations.
‘Russia had decided to accuse the men of having fought against Russian soldiers in Chechnya at the end of 1994 and beginning of 1995. They were alleged, together with Arseny Yatsenyuk, former Ukrainian Prime Minister and other prominent Ukrainian politicians, to have tortured and murdered a number of Russian soldiers. Klykh has told his mother that he was beaten mercilessly to get him to sign a ‘confession’ claiming that Yatsenyuk was in Chechnya. He says they tortured him so that he didn’t want to live’, the message reads on.
‘72-year-old Tamara Klykh has not seen her son since June 2016. She had travelled the long and difficult journey in order to testify at the trial a few months earlier, but the judge suddenly ‘fell ill for a month’ in what was clearly an attempt to deter her and Karpyuk’s relatives from addressing the court. She refused to leave until she saw her son, and fortunately lawyer Dokka Itslaev, who lives in Grozny, put her up. This too led to harassment and terror tactics against the elderly woman. With extraordinary brutality, she was then refused a visit with her son, and was only able to see him in a cage in the courtroom on April 6.
Russia wanted a ‘Ukrainian nationalist show trial’. What they achieved, through torture and sheer lawlessness, has convinced nobody. The trial and monstrous sentences have been condemned by European bodies, Amnesty International and others. Please make this case known to psychiatric associations, politicians and the media in your country. Ask them to demand to know why Stanislav Klykh is being treated so brutally,’ the article concludes.
It is 10 months since Stanislav Klykh was detained in Russia and charged with fighting, torturing and killing Russian soldiers during the First Chechen War (1994-1996). The Ukrainian government has been treating this case as another political maneuver and an act of political repression of Ukrainians in Russia, and repeatedly demands Klykh's immediate release.