The state of health of illegally convicted in Russia Ukrainians Volodymyr Dudka and Hennadiy Lymeshko deteriorated; they also complain about physical and physiological pressure as Ukraine’s ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova reported on Facebook.
“Hennadiy Lymeshko, who stays at penal colony #6 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in Stavropol Krai, reported that the workers of the colony apply against him emotional and physiological pressure; they say that he should be killed as he converted to Islam. Moreover, they constantly degrade his dignity and burned a hat on his head for a few times. He is fear for his life!,” the message said.
She noted that Lymeshko’s health has deteriorated. Particularly, he is bothered with constant toothache and joint pain but the administration of the penal colony does not provide necessary medical assistance.
“Volodymyr Dudka, staying in at penal colony #11 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in Stavropol Krai, also reports on grave deterioration of health. He has constant headaches amid high blood pressure. The rash on his body is not cured. The itching aggravated due to it,’’ Denisova said.
Due to this facts, the ombudsman appeals with the demand to Commission of Human Rights of Russia Tatiana Moskalkova to assume measures urgently to observe the rights of the citizens of Ukraine, provide the proper conditions of detention and security of Hennadiy Lymeshko and provide the necessary medical assistance to illegally convicted citizens of Ukraine.
“I ask temporary Chargé d'affaires of Ukraine in the Russian Federation Vasyl Pokotylo to facilitate the provision of rights and freedoms of the citizens of Ukraine,” Denisova added.
The ombudsman also urged the international society, diplomats and representatives of human rights organizations to strengthen monitoring of the observation of the rights of Ukrainian citizens.
In November 2016, Russian FSB claimed that they detained several "Ukrainian saboteurs" who allegedly planned acts of sabotage at strategic objects in Crimea. The FSB insisted that the "agents' belonged to the "terrorist group of the Chief Department of Intelligence of Ukraine's Defense Ministry". Their names are Oleksiy Bessarabov, Dmytro Shtyblikov and Volodymyr Dudka. Besarabov and Shtyblikov are the analysts who worked for Nomos, the Centre for Cooperation of Geopolitical Issues and Euro-Atlantic Cooperation of the Black Sea region.
In April 2019, occupied Sevastopol City Court sentenced the Ukrainians Volodymyr Dudka and Olexiy Bessarabov, whom Russian authorities accuse of preparation subversions, to 14 years of imprisonment.