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Ukrainian pensioner jailed for 12 years in Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

It was claimed that Oleksiy Sizonovych along with another man formed a group with allegedly “decided to carry out explosions and terrorist acts on Ukrainian and Russian territory”
18:22, 26 March 2018

Human Rights in Ukraine

61-year-old Oleksiy Sizonovych from Krasnodon in the Luhansk oblast was tortured before ending up sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in Russia, as Human Rights in Ukraine reports. 

This case stands out due to Sizonovych's age and the fact that he was first seized by Russian militants from the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’. He has no complaints about the prison but told about horrible tortures he undertook when kept in Rostov on the Don in Russia. He says that he was beaten unconscious twice, and that they applied other forms of torture, including electric shocks.  

Sizonovych is believed to had formed a group which supposedly “decided to carry out explosions and terrorist acts on Ukrainian and Russian territory”. Sizonovych was found guilty of preparing a terrorist act and unlawful possession, purchase, etc. of explosive devices or substances. He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment. 

"The prosecution, which demanded 12 years, did not explain how Sizonovych was supposed to get the explosives to Russia, although a trail was asserted as leading from Kyiv to the Luhansk oblast in Ukraine," the message says.

Diana Ivanova, Ukraine’s consul in Novosybirsk has told Radio Svoboda that she was finally allowed to see Sizonovych at the end of March, nine months after his ‘trial’ and sentence for allegedly ‘planning acts of terrorism’. 

The fact that Sizonovych was tortured makes it clear why he ‘confessed’. He also said that the "lawyer" who was appointed by the investigators did not in any way represent his interests. 

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