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Ukrainian political prisoner Kolomiyets held in tough conditions in Russia, - consul

Andriy Kolomiyets faces difficulties with practicing Islam in a colony, Ukraine's consul notes
14:46, 23 February 2019

 

Andriy Kolomiyets, political prisoner
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Ukrainian political prisoner, participant of Euromaidan, Andriy Kolomiyets is kept in the Krasnodar colony in Russia, and where are “the toughest conditions” of imprisonment. Taras Malyshevskyi, the Acting General Consul of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don, said this, as Krym. Realii reported.

Malyshevskyi stated that during his meeting with the political prisoner they had been watched and the video of their conversation had been rerecorded by 3-4 persons of the operative members.

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“The conditions of imprisonment in the colony, where Andriy is kept, probably, are much tougher in comparison to the other penal institutions, where our citizens are kept under political accusations. They do not interfere in a conversation, however, Andriy is forced not to complain about the situation – it is the way to survive here, all the news you can find out comes only from your wife,” Acting General Consul of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don said.

According to Malyshevskyi, Kolomiyets faced difficulties with practicing Islam.

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“The presence of consul helps the detainee to feel more confident because he knows that the consul will support him, remember him and visit him every two months. Unfortunately, it is rather difficult to practice Islam in “the orthodox colony.” Andriy does his best, but it is far not easy. On the given financial support by the General Consular Office he buys the necessary things and is very grateful for that,” Malyshevskyi added.

Earlier, Andriy Kolomiyets was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in a colony in Crimea last summer. He was found guilty of an alleged assassination attempt of two former officers of the unit “Berkut” during the Revolution of Dignity in Kyiv. He was detained in the Kabardino-Balkar Republic, after what he was returned to Crimea and then transferred to Krasnodar colony.

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