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Political prisoner Shumkov tortured in Russian colony, - Ukraine's Ombudsman

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ombudsman for Human Rights demands from her Russian colleague to investigate the torture of Ukrainian citizen in a Russian colony
16:23, 2 November 2020

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Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Shumkov was beaten in the Russian colony. This was reported by Ombudsman of the Verkhovna Rada for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova on her Facebook page.

"The statement from relatives about the infliction of bodily harm on Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Shumkov caused alarm and concern for his life. The circumstances under which an employee of the Federal Prisons Service of the Russian Federation in the Tverskaya region inflicted physical and psychological harm on Oleksandr's life and health are unknown," Denisova wrote.

She said that such behavior of officers of the penitentiary institution is nothing more than torture and cruel treatment of prisoners, which is a gross violation of Article 3 of the Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

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Denisova appealed to Ombudsman for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatyana Moskalnova with a demand to take urgent measures of response, namely, to stop torturing the citizen of Ukraine, to conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances of the flagrant violation of the rights to life and personal safety, and also to ensure the provision of appropriate medical assistance.

The ombudsman also asks representatives of international human rights organizations to respond to the violation of the rights of Ukrainian citizen Shumkov, who is illegally detained on the territory of the Russian Federation, and to promote his personal safety and return home at the end of his sentence.

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As we reported earlier, Oleksandr Shumkov disappeared in September 2017. It had become known later that he was in the Russian detention center. But he was validated legally on the border with the Russian Federation on August 23, 2017.

The mother and friends of the Ukrainian do not believe that he voluntarily came to Russia as he was an active member of the far-right movement in Ukraine.

On December 4, 2018, Sevski court, Briansk Oblast sentenced Shumkov to 4 years in the general regime colony for participation in the extremist organization (Right Sector considered to be such in Russia).

On September 20, 2019, the aunt of political prisoner Lyudmyla Shumkova said that the Ukrainian special services involved her nephew in the special operation. Shumkov was abducted during one of them.

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