Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Steshenko is released from the colony in annexed Crimea and transferred to Kharkiv. Permanent Representative of the President in Crimea Anton Korinevych reported that on Facebook.
Citizen of Kharkiv, Steshenko was detained in April 2018 and illegally convicted to two years in prison, allegedly for the arson of the house of Crimea’s mufti Emirali Ablaev.
Igor Kotelyanets, the brother of political prisoner Yevhen Panov noted that Steshenko was released on conditional parole.
“Today we, in the Union of the relatives of the political prisoners of Kremlin, waited for the whole day with bated breath. Sasha Steshenko was transferred from Crimea to the mainland. It is a political prisoner, who was arrested in 2018 by FSB in Crimea, allegedly for the plans of arson of the house of Crimea’s mufti for intimidation of the pro-Russian Crimean Tatars and escalation of the inter-ethnic discord,” Kotelyanets noted.
In April 2018, the Russian law enforcers detained Kharkiv citizen Oleksandr Steshenko at the administrative border with occupied Crimea. He was in touch on April 11, 2018, when he called to mother and reported about the incident.