Ukrainian political prisoner Mykola Karpyuk does not believe he will be able to stay in a Russian prison for 22 years. He believes if he is not released, he will die. His Russian lawyer Aleksey Baranovskiy who visited Vladimir Central Prison said this, as Hromadske agency reports.
“In any case, I will not sit here for 22 years, it is either I walk free or exchanged by some means, or I the Almighty will take me," Karpyuk said to a lawyer.
According to the defender, Karpyuk actively discusses Ukrainian and Russian political events. Political prisoner also receives letters of support from 16 countries.
“Karpyuk is optimistic about what's happening in Ukraine, he says, even from the fragmentary information he can get from the Russian press, he understands that a change of generations is taking place in Ukrainian politics, the change of political elites and the renewal provides for the possibility of qualitative changes in the Ukrainian society and the state,” the lawyer said.
At the same time, Karpyuk misses his family a lot and regrets he cannot participate in the upbringing of his son Taras.
As it was reported earlier, 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.