Kopeysk Court, Chelyabinsk Oblast (Russia) refused Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Kolchenko in the early release. Earlier Kolchenko filed the request on the transfer for correctional labor instead of imprisonment at the colony, as Hromadske reported.
“I would like to emphasize one more time that my mother entered the age for retirement; she does not work and has no possibility to support me. Moreover, by reason of age, she needs my moral, physical and the most important, financial support. I am young and I am capable of working. I want and I can continue my further education and work. I am not afraid of manual labor. Instead of living at the cost of the taxpayers; I would be able to support myself,” Kolchenko emphasized.
He also asked the court to consider that he is monitored by the medical workers of the remand center and penal colony since the moment of detention due to the underweight. “It is impossible to eliminate this pathology in the conditions of the colony with the absence of extra proteins. Thus, this problem may develop into chronic disease and carry irreversible effects,” the prisoner added.
Kolchenko called the correctional labor to be “one of the possible steps for adaption in the society” and stated that his further stay in the custody prevents him from studying at Taurida National University.
The court motivated its refusal with the violations of the regime of the colony by Kolchenko and penalties against him.
Russian human rights activist Nikolai Shchur called the refusal of the court solely the political decision. The human rights activists filed the appeal to Chelyabinsk Oblast court. The consideration of the appeal should take place within a month. However, the human rights activist sees no prospects of the appeal. Shchur also noted that “there is no possibility yet to argue court’s refusal to appeal to the ECHR.”
As we reported, Kolchenko and Sentsov were detained by Russian intelligence services in Crimea in May 2014. They were accused of the organization of a terrorist act on the peninsula. Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years of the colony, and Sentsov got 20 years. Both are denying their guilt.