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Russia presses final charges against some of captured Ukrainian sailors, - lawyer

Due to expiration of the detention periods at the end of July, the Russian investigation will request the Lefortovo District Court of Moscow for the extension of these periods
14:15, 29 June 2019

Nikolay Polozov
112 Agency

Russian FSB's Office of Investigations carried out the investigative actions in respect to part of the Ukrainian sailors and pressed them with final charges. The coordinator of the group of lawyers of the Ukrainian POW sailors Nikolay Polozov announced this on his Facebook page.

“POWs Yevhen Semidotsky, Yuriy Budzylo, Bohdan Nebylitsa, Volodymyr Tereshchenko, Andriy Oprysko, Andriy Drach, Andriy Eider and Serhiy Popov have been charged under Article 322 Part 3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation for illegal crossing of the state border of the Russian Federation committed by a group,” Polozov announced.

In addition, due to expiration of the detention periods at the end of July, the Russian investigation will request the Lefortovo District Court of Moscow for the extension of these periods, the lawyer added.

As Polozov says, POWs and their lawyers got acquainted with the results of the situational forensic.

The similar investigative actions will be carried out with respect to the other Ukrainian captured sailors over the next week.

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“The end of this stage of the investigation means the completion of collection and procedural attaching of evidence within the preliminary investigation. After that, POWs and their lawyers can study the case criminal materials,” the lawyer said.

Polozov emphasized that the defense position remains unchanged. The captured Ukrainian Navy sailors are the Prisoners of War and are protected by the Protocol III to the 1949 Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, confirmed inter alia by PACE Resolution 2259 of January 24, 2019 and Resolution 2292 of June 26, 2019, as well as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Report.

Moreover, Navy sailors have immunity under Article 95 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and, according to the United Nations International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Order of 25 May 2019, must have immediately been released, the lawyer emphasized.

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