The hearing of testimony in case of ex-colonel of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Ivan Bezyazykov took place in Kyiv court. Wife of the ex-colonel Margaryta Bezyazykova stated that in fact her husband was exchanged for two women by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), while Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) stated her not to reveal the details of the exchange and present it as the special operation with the participation of the president, as Sudebny reporter reported.
Margaryta said that the contact with the husband restored at the end of 2015 after a break for 6 months. Bezyazykov called her and gave a phone number of a man named Mykola, who would agree on the exchange. She called Mykola and he said that Margaryta should come and take the husband away. She reported on it to the SBU. Then coordinator of the Patriot group on the exchange of prisoners Oleg Kotenko offered to send the mother of the colonel instead of the wife but Mykola did not agree. Later Ivan said that the DPR agreed to exchange him for two women both named Svitlana, one from Lviv region and another one from Kramatorsk. Mykola refused to discuss the exchange with the SBU, only with the volunteers. Margaryta provided him with a contact of Kotenko but got to know that SBU officer Kachanov also negotiated on the exchange. She insisted on the participation of the SBU to make the process official.
After the exchange, according to Margaryta, the SBU stated her not to reveal the details of husband’s release. “Not to say something extra, to thank the Security Service and the president. I had to say to the journalists that it took place with the participation of the president… I could not say that it was the exchange,” the woman noted in the court.
The questioning will continue at the next session on September 6.
As is was reported earlier, the Ukrainian officer was released from the captivity of pro-Kremlin rebels in July 2016. Earlier, Bezyazykov was detained by the SBU and brought to trial under charges of collaboration with the militants.