Investigation couldn’t confirm Ageev was contract soldier of Russian Army

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ageev himself said he was hoping for the detainee exchange
17:42, 24 November 2017

Media Initiative For Human Rights

The pre-trial investigation couldn’t confirm that Viktor Ageev, Russian citizen detained fighting in Donbas, was the contract soldier of the Russian Armed Forces, according to Media initiative for human rights on Facebook.

Today, November 24, a court hearing on the cases of Viktor Ageev, Bogdan Venger, and Daniil Gladkov. But it didn’t start, as the representative of Gladkov’s defence didn’t show up, so the parties of the procedure decided against holding a hearing.

In the end, the accusatory act wasn’t announced, but, according to the human rights advocates, Ageev isn’t listed as a contract soldier of Russian Armed Forces in the document. Previously his lawyer noted he was a contract soldier of the “LPR” and not Russia.

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“Yes, he quit the Russian Army after serving under draft. He stayed in his village in Altai Krai, worked in advertising, he was paid $170. And the “LPR” promised $680,” he said,

Unlike other accused, Ageev hid his face. According to him, while he was in detention, the Russian consul visited him only once, two weeks ago.

The Russian Consulate also refused to pay the expenses of hiring a lawyer for the accused, so they are represented by a public defender.

Viktor Ageev was detained in Donbas and he confirmed that he was in the military of the Russian Armed Forces. At the moment Ageev is detained at the Starobelsk detention center. His mother came to Ukraine and was allowed a meeting with her son. He is accused of terrorism and faces 8-15 years of the imprisonment.

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