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Ukrainian ombudsman asks Russian counterpart to find whereabouts of political prisoners Dudka, Bessarabov

The men were moved from the penitentiary facility in the annexed Crimea last month; their current location is unknown
21:40, 8 October 2019

Lyudmyla Denisova
24tv.ua

Ukrainian ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova asks her Russian colleague Tatyana Moskalkova to set the location of political prisoners Volodymyr Dudka and Oleksiy Besarabov. She posted that on her Telegram channel.

According to Denisova, Dudka and Besarabov were moved from the penitentiary facility in the annexed Crimea last month; their current whereabouts are unknown.

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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 Besarabov, 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 May 2017, Shtyblikov recognized his guilt. He was sentenced to five years behind the bars. Besarabov and Dudka do not plead guilty; the occupant "court" sentenced them in April 2019.

Related: Health state of political prisoners Alimov, Shumkov deteriorated, - Denisova

 

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