Stanislav Klykh and Mykola Karpyuk, the Ukrainians who are currently held as political prisoners in Russia have been fined in absentia; they will have to pay roughly 4,400 U.S. dollars. Klykh's lawyer Ilya Novikov posted this on Facebook.
'A mother of a deceased Russian conscript who was left to die in Grozny, Chechnya, on December 31, 1994, turned to Tugulym district court in Sverdlovsk Oblast. She claimed a compensation in the amount of 5 million Russian rubles (approximately USD 87,000, - 112 International). Earlier, the verdict of the Superior Court of the Chechen Republic stated Karpyuk and Klykh were allegedly 'involved' in the death of her son,' the message says.
Eventually, the Tugulym court ruled that the woman gets USD 4,400. Klykh and Karpyuk are obliged to pay USD 2,600 and 1,750, respectively.
Mykola Karpyuk, the leader of the Ukrainian National Assembly, was detained in March 2014. Stanislav Klykh was detained in Russia in September 2014, when he came to Russia to visit his pregnant girlfriend.
The Russian jury said they 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. Lawyers and human rights activists have repeatedly reported that he suffers a mental disorder - due to the improper detention conditions and tortures.