Former security guard of far-right Pravy Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh, Oleksandr Shumkov might be transferred to a punishment cell for refusal to work for the betterment of the colony in Russia, as Ukrayinska Pravda reported citing Shumkov’s lawyer Alexey Baranovsky.
The lawyer visited Shumkov in penal colony-4 in Torzhok. According to the lawyer, the political prisoner looks better and more cheerful than during staying in the prison hospital at the end of 2019.
“Currently, Oleksandr stays in the common unit, among the prisoners, but due to the fact that he refuses from free works for the betterment of the colony, he thinks he might be transferred to the punishment colony,” the message said.
The lawyer specifies that Shumkov, in such a way, stresses his status of the political prisoner, illegally convicted for an absurd article of the criminal code of Russia (for participation in Pravy Sector banned in Russia) and the ethical principles do not allow him to work for the betterment of the colony.
Shumkov hopes that the administration of the colony will agree with his transfer for the medical examination in the civil colony in Tver soon, including magnetic resonance imaging, because he has a headache, the consequence of concussion.
According to him, he has no problems with the prisoners in the Russian colony. The lawyer specified that ‘he visits the prison recreation ground with Dagestan fighter convicted for kidnapping and he has neutral relations with other prisoners’.
Earlier we reported that Oleksandr Shumkov went on a hunger strike due to the systematic violation of his rights by the administration of the colony and strengthening of the psychological pressure on him by the workers of the colony.
Oleksandr Shumkov disappeared in September 2017. It had become known later that he was in the Russian detention center. But he was validated legally on the border with the Russian Federation on August 23, 2017.
The mother and friends of the Ukrainian do not believe that he voluntarily came to Russia as he was an active member of the far-right movement in Ukraine.
On December 4, 2018, Sevski court, Briansk Oblast sentenced Shumkov to four years in the general regime colony for the participation in the extremist organization (Right Sector considered to be such in Russia).
On September 20, 2019, aunt of political prisoner Lyudmyla Shumkova said that the Ukrainian special services involved her nephew to the special operation. Shumkov was abducted during one of them.