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Political prisoner Kolchenko is out of punishment cell, - human right activist

Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Kolchenko stayed in the cell from April 30 up to May 11
09:01, 14 May 2019

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Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Kolchenko, who stays at the penal colony No.6 in Kopeysk, Russia, has returned to the unit after a stay at the punishment cell, as Ukrinform reported citing human rights activist Tatiana Shchur.

“Today, the lawyer (of Ural human rights group) visited Oleksandr Kolchenko. Here are the details: he was transferred to the punishment cell on April 30; he returned to the unit on May 10. In general, Sasha feels normally; he is in a good mood,” Shchur reported.

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The human rights activist specified that the use of “obscene language” was the reason for his transfer to the punishment cell. However, she said that “Sasha never uses it.”

Shchur reminded that Kolchenko was transferred to the punishment cell for the first time as he said “shack” instead of “dormitory.”

According to the human right activist, the rights of the Russian prisons provide the enhancing of the regime during the holidays. All prisoners convicted with severe charges transferred to the punishment cells.

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As we reported, Kolchenko and Sentsov were detained by Russian intelligence services in Crimea in May 2014. They were accused of the organization of a terrorist act on the peninsula. Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years of the colony, and Sentsov got 20 years. Both are denying their guilt. 

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