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Two years of captivity: Famous Ukrainian scientist held hostage in Donetsk

Author : 112.ua News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Self-proclaimed authorities of the DPR indict Igor Kozlovsky for storage of ammunition or espionage
20:15, 27 December 2017

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January 27, 2016, a historian Igor Kozlovsky was captured by militants in occupied Donetsk. He was searched in his apartment and taken to one of the cellars of the "MGB" of the Donetsk People’s Republic. The detention took place just after the attempt to undermine monument of Lenin in the occupied city. There was no official information about the reasons for Kozlovsky’s arrest. First, there was information that he was accused of storing ammunition or espionage. Kozlovsky's wife, Valentyna, said that when the searchers came to their apartment, they said that the reason for this was "wrong correspondence on Facebook." They took away all the documents and gadgets from the scientist's apartment. The DPR said that he allegedly kept two grenades in his apartment, and the "Indictment" against the scientist consisted of only six pages.

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Kozlovsky did not leave the occupied city, because he had a paralyzed son, Svyatoslav. After the scientist's arrest, the latter was taken away from Donetsk.

Relatives even hired a lawyer in Donetsk, but no success. And they said that Kozlovsky had never held any political activity, and there were no reasons for detaining him.

In the summer of 2016, the Ukrainian side handed over lists for the exchange of militants in Minsk, where was the scientist's name, and the DPR responded he was a spy.

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In early May, the so-called "military tribunal" of the DPR terrorist organization sentenced Igor Kozlovsky to imprisonment. Despite the demands of human rights activists, the militants transferred Igor Kozlovsky from Donetsk to the Nikitsky correctional colony No. 87 in Horlivka.

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Kozlovsky was recognized far beyond Ukraine. He graduated from the History Department of Donetsk State University and received a diploma with honors, and in 1980-1984, studied at the graduate school of Ukraine’s Institute of History, NAS. He managed to work in various positions in the Donetsk Regional Executive Committee, and in the Donetsk Regional State Administration, he was a leading specialist in religious affairs. He was the head of the Center for Religious Studies and International Spiritual Relations of already disbanded Donetsk State Institute of Artificial Intelligence. Then he worked at the Philosophy Department in the Donetsk National Technical University.

 

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Rome visit (2004). Meeting with Pope John Paul II

Kozlovsky is the president of the Center for Religious Studies and International Spiritual Relations, the head of the Donetsk regional branch of the Ukrainian Association of Religious Studies, the president of the Discovery Center, deputy hetman of the Ukrainian registered Cossacks on international relations, personnel and religion, the head of the International Center for Christian-Muslim Dialogue and cooperation. He is the author of dozens of scientific, popular science, and art publications. His works are translated into many languages. Igor Kozlovsky is a full member of the Royal College of the Nobility (Portugal) and he is also an honorary citizen of Oklahoma State (USA). He was awarded the Austrian Albert Schweitzer Society Medal.

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