Ukraine's Mykola Karpyuk celebrated his birthday in custody in Russia, the sixth time in a row. He turned 55.
In 2014, Karpyuk was detained at the Russian border. In May 2016, the Supreme Court of Chechnya sentenced Karpyuk and his compatriot Stanislav Klykh to 22.5 and 20 years behind the bars, respectively.
The Russian prosecutors stated Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh both allegedly joined the Viking unit, which fought on the side of Chechen nationalists as they sought independence from Russia in the 1990s. The jury accused Karpyuk and Klykh of killing and wounding dozens of Russian servicemen. Klykh was sentenced to 20 years in prison. However, the prosecution did not provide any solid proof of Klykh and Karpyuk staying in Chechnya at the time.