Ukrainian political prisoner Mykola Karpyuk is “out” of the Vladimir Central prison in Russia. The prison administration explained the return of the parcel in such a way as Aleksey Baranovsky, the lawyer of Karpyuk, reported on Facebook.
“We may consider that Balukh was just transferred to another colony but the issue is that at the end of the last week my client Mykola Karpyuk disappeared from the Vladimir Central prison,” Baranovsky noted.
According to Baranovsky, on July 29, Karpyuk did not get the parcel, supposedly due to its excess. The lawyer reduced the weight of the parcel from 27 to 19 kilos. However, on August 19, the parcel was returned against as “the addressee is out”.
Baranovsky suggests that Karpyuk might be “out” due to the same reason as political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh who was transferred from the colony in Torzhok, Tver Oblast on August 16.
It means that both of them were taken out of the “experienced displacement” at the same time and it raises “cautious optimism” as the lawyer noted.
Baranovsky does not exclude that some Ukrainian political prisoners may return from Russia to Ukraine.
In 2014, Karpyuk was detained at the Russian border. In May 2016, the Supreme Court of Chechnya sentenced Karpyuk and his compatriot Stanislav Klykh to 22.5 and 20 years behind the bars, respectively.
As it was reported earlier, the Russian prosecutors stated Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh both allegedly joined the Viking unit, which fought on the side of Chechen nationalists as they sought independence from Russia in the 1990s.
The jury accused Karpyuk and Klykh of killing and wounding dozens of Russian servicemen. Klykh was sentenced to 20 years in prison. However, the prosecution did not provide any solid proof of Klykh and Karpyuk staying in Chechnya at the time.