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Ukrainian political prisoner Kostenko released from Russian colony

He was judged for the attack on Crimea-based riot police fighter in Kyiv in February 2014
13:31, 3 August 2018

www.radiosvoboda.org

Oleksandr Kostenko, the Ukrainian political prisoner, walks free, as he left Russian penal colony No.5 in Kirovo-Chepetsk, Kirov Oblast. Hromadske.org reported that with the reference to Denys Shadrin, a local human rights watcher. 

'Oleksandr left the colony at 10.54 a.m. Me and Artur Abashev, the members of the supervisory committee met him there', he said.

According to Shadrin, Kostenko will go to Moscow and then on to Kyiv.

Olena Myachina, the advisor to the Ukrainian parliamentary ombudswoman added that the Ukrainian consul has not provided any information on Kostenko's conditions yet.

Previously, in April, Russian court refused to set Kostenko free.

The so-called 'prosecutor's office' of Russian-annexed Crimea claimed that Kostenko, the native of Crimea, inflicted certain damage upon the fighter of Berkut riot police, who served in the Crimea-based unit; the convict allegedly clashed with the law enforcer during the violent street fights in Kyiv in February 2014, amidst the Revolution of Dignity. The Ukrainian was also accused of illegal weapon storage. 

Kostenko served the time of four years and two months. 

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