Russia's Supreme Court has refused to accept an appeal from the Ukrainian political prisoner, a Maidan activist from Crimea Oleksandr Kostenko. This was announced by his lawyer Dmitry Sotnikov on Facebook.
"So, on the charge in the case against Kostenko about causing slight bodily injury to "Berkut" officer for ideological reasons because of hatred due to events at the Maidan Nezanezhnosti Square in 2014 and possession of a gas pistol in his apartment, all domestic remedies have been exhausted," Sotnikov wrote.
The lawyer said that he and his client will now only fight for parole and for the recognition of Kostenko’s torture by FSB, which can allow the revision of the sentence due to newly discovered circumstances.
"Also, as far as I know, UHHRU (Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union) has filed a complaint to the ECHR defending Kostenko," Sotnikov says.