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Denisova: Ukrainian political prisoner Yakymenko tortured in Russian prison

Ukraine’s Ombudsman Denisova addressed Russian Ombudsman Moskalkova about emergency care to Ukrainian political prisoner
18:03, 4 December 2019

Lyudmyla Denisova
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Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova turned to Russian Ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova about provision of emergency care to Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Yakymenko. Denisova reported this on her Facebook page.

“I urgently appeal to the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova with a request to take measures for holding a full medical examination as soon as possible, and to provide appropriate medical assistance upon receiving the results,” Denisova wrote.

It was reported that Yakymenko’s health condition significantly worsened. He suffers from abdominal pain and pain in clavicle, he also has problems with his teeth. Despite the existing health problems, the prison staff do not provide necessary assistance to him. Under pressure, he was forced to sign a refusal from full medical examination.

It is noted that the employees of the penitentiary facility use physical violence against him, namely, they hit the kidneys, take him outside at a temperature below zero, force him to undress, and then start a long revision of his personal belongings.

“In addition, our fellow citizen is not provided with a uniform, corresponding to the season and climatic conditions. In particular, he was given shoes that do not fit his size, which led to foot injuries,” Denisova said.

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The administration of the penal colony also refused to accept a parcel from the wife of the political prisoner with warm things and medicine without explanation.

“I also appeal to the minister counsellor of Ukraine's temporary Charge d'Affaires to the Russian Federation Vasyl Pokatyla to urgently check the conditions of detention and to provide Volodymyr Yakymenko with appropriate consular and legal assistance,” the Ombudsman added.

Volodymyr Yakymenko is the taxi driver and the Automaidan activist from the village of Chaplynka of Kherson region. Among other things, he was engaged in transporting the Crimeans. Yakymenko was detained at the administrative border with the occupied Crimea on June 11, 2017. Russian FSB has accused him of transporting drugs. In the Russian Federation, Ukrainian prisoner was sentenced to 15.5 years in prison.  

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