Ukrainian, Russian ombudswomen agree to cooperate in Klykh and Odintsov cases
Valeriya Lutkovska asks Tatyana Moskalkova to assist Ukrainian political prisoners put into jail in Russia
Ukraine’s ombudswoman Valeriya Lutkovska intends to take measures for more medical attention for Russia’s fugitive military man Maksim Odintsov who now stays in Mykolaiv pre-trial detention centre, southern Ukraine.
Lutkovska also said she would ask her Russian counterpart Tatyana Moskalkova to assist in moving political prisoner Stanislav Klykh to a penitentiary facility closer to the Ukrainian border. ‘We discussed both of these issues back during the joint visit to Simferopol and Mykolaiv pre-trial detention centers’, she stressed.
The Ukrainian ombudswoman added she positively evaluated steps made by the Russian side so as to move Ukrainian citizens who were arrested and sentenced before 2014 to Crimean penitentiary facilities. The respective agreement was made in summer 2016.
Ukrainian activist Stanislav Klykh was detained in Russia in September 2014, when he came to Russia to visit his pregnant girlfriend. The Russian jury said he and his compatriot Mykola Karpyuk 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 and sentenced them to long-lasting sentences.
In November 2016, Russia’s Defense Ministry accused Ukrainian special services of the alleged kidnapping and moving to Ukraine two Russian servicemen Maksim Odintsov and Alexandr Baranov. Later, Ukraine’s security service, the SBU, reported that the two were actually detained on the administrative border with the occupied Crimea. The SBU specified that they crossed the Ukrainian border and were detained at Chongar checkpoint in Kherson region. Both men are accused of defection and state treason, under the respective articles of Ukraine’s criminal code. Russia’s Defense Ministry says the servicemen crossed the border with Ukraine at their own will.