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Zeman asked Putin to release Ukrainian religious studies scholar detained by militants

Czech President complained about the rudeness of the leaders of Donetsk People's Republic during his attempt to release Ihor Kozlovsky
12:35, 24 November 2017

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Milos Zeman, the President of the Czech Republic claimed that he asked Vladimir Putin during their meeting on November 21 to influence the release of Ihor Kozlovsky, the Ukrainian religious studies scholar detained by the militants in Donbas as Radio Liberty reported.

Zeman spoke that he asked Putin to influence the release of the Ukrainian scholar through his affiliate Vladislav Surkov. Czech President called him 'to be a kind of a communication agent between Russia and Donetsk People's Republic'.

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'It is possible to put Kozlovsky in the list of the prisoners' exchange according to the Minsk Agreements', Zeman said.

Czech leader specified that he sent a letter to Alexander Zakharchenko, the Head of Donetsk People's Republic a year ago and 'asked him to release Kozlovsky from the custody due to the humanitarian grounds because he is ill'.

'I did not receive a response and it is rudeness and impoliteness so I will speak on the Donetsk People's Republic exceptionally in disgust the next time', Zeman said.

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Kozlovsky accused of the espionage is the author of about 50 books and Zeman noted: 'If I wrote 50 books, I would not have time for the espionage'.

Ihor Kozlovsky is the famous Ukrainian scientist, candidate in historical sciences. He taught the Religion Studies at Donetsk National Technical University and was the head of the Donetsk Department of the Ukrainian Association of the Religious Studies Scholars.  

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Kozlovsky had no possibility to leave Donetsk after the beginning of the war because he took care of his paralyzed son. The Russia-backed militants detained him and locked him up in the basement. The scientist was far from the policy and did not take part in the combat actions due to his age and state of health. According to his son, Ihor Koslovsky could get the attention of the self-claimed authorities during the partaking in the interreligious prayerful marathon For Unity and Peace in Ukraine. It took place in March-October 2014 and Kozlovsky was noticed with the Ukrainian flag there. 

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Ihor Kozlovsky is 63 and he has problems with health. Earlier it was reported that Koslovskiy, was included in the list of the prisoners’ exchange.  

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