"Now all they have to give a response for the serious crimes they have committed in the territory of the Russian Federation, sitting on the Russian bench of the accused," said the representative of the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin. He said that the accused were arrested last year in Russia.
The Supreme Court of Russia in Chechnya on Tuesday, September 15 began a preliminary hearing on the criminal case against the citizens of Ukraine Stanislav Klikh and Mykola Karpyuk. They are accused of fighting on the side of the UNA-UNSO (Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People's Self-Defence) against Russian troops in Chechnya in 1994-1995.
According to investigators, in the early 1990s in Ukraine was established militant political organization UNA-UNSO, whose purpose was "to provide the Russian authorities to counter any form of destruction and citizens of the Russian Federation."
According to investigators, Karpyuk, Klikh, and Malofeev, members of UNA-UNSO organization, which is banned by Russia, participated in the hostilities. It was formed in 1994 in Ukraine by armed groups who took part in the conflict in Chechnya on the side of the self-proclaimed Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
Ukrainian National Assembly was the UNA-UNSO organisation's political wing, on 22 May 2014 it merged with far-right Ukrainian nationalist political party Pravyi Sektor. Russian special services have detained Karpyuk in March 2014 near Chernihiv region, and Klikh was detained in August of the same year in the Russian city of Orel.
At first Mykola Karpyuk was identified as one of the leaders of Pravyi Sektor. At least Pravyi Sektor organized few meetings with a demand to find Karpyuk, and in their leaflets they wrote "Mykola Karpyuk, one of the leaders of Pravyi Sektor".
In the course of short time it was somehow forgotten about Karpyuk as a chief of Pravyi Sektor.
Karpyuk and Klikh gave testimony against Prime Minister Yatsenyuk that he took part in at least two armed clashes in the Chechen capital of Grozny: on Minutka Square on December 31, 1994 and near hospital No.9 in February 1995. Russian Investigation Committee also accused him of torturing and executing captivated Russian servicemen in the Oktyabrsky district of Grozny on January 7, 1995. Yatsenyuk's spokesperson refuted this information.
The evidence of Ukrainians Karpyuk and Klikh might be seen in terms of a moremover. Untill the very day of the testimony Pravyi Sektor was not sure whether their far-right bros are dead or live. Spreading of the catchy information about Ukrainian Prime Minister was a good move to get the information about whereabouts of the members of Pravyi Sektor. We may only wait and follow the next moves in this story to get the full image of cui bono.