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Chechen court sentences Ukrainian activists to more than 22 years in prison
18:21, 26 May 2016
Chechen court sentences Ukrainian activists to more than 22 years in prison

Both men are accused of fighting alongside Chechen nationalists against Russian soldiers in 1990s

18:21, 26 May 2016

WWW.MFA.GOV.UA

According to journalist of Radio Liberty Anton Naumlyuk, the court sentenced both Ukrainian citizens who had been charged with fighting against Russian federal army during the First Chechen War in 1994-1995.  

As 112 International reported, Mykola Karpyuk, leader of the Ukrainian National Assembly, was detained in March 2014. Stanislav Klykh was detained in Russia in September 2014, when he came to Russia to visit his pregnant girlfriend.

The Russian jury said they both allegedly joined the Viking unit, which fought on the side of Chechen nationalists as they sought independence from Russia in the 1990s. The jury accused Karpyuk and Klykh of killing and wounding dozens of Russian servicemen. Mykola Karpyuk, leader of the Ukrainian National Assembly, was detained in March 2014. Stanislav Klykh was detained in Russia in September 2014, when he came to Russia to visit his pregnant girlfriend. 

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