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Ukrainian political prisoner intends to begin hunger strike again, - ombudswoman

Stanislav Klykh is going to starve despite his health deteriorates
20:41, 18 December 2018

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Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova reported on the deterioration of the health conditions of Stanyslav Klykh, the Ukrainian political prisoner in the Russian Federation - and his intention to begin the hunger strike again. Denisova reported that on Facebook.

“I am concerned about disappointing news about the state of health of the political prisoner Stanislav Klykh, who is detained in the remand center in the Russian Federation. Klykh reported the deterioration of his health in the open letter. Particularly, he writes that the state of his health is critical, and the gangrene and cancer are suspected. It raises concerns that Stanislav stated this desire to begin the hunger strike again in such state,” Denisova wrote.

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According to her, she had appealed to her Russian counterpart Tatiana Moskalkova and the Adviser of the Russian President, Chairman of Council of Russian President on Development of Civilian Society and Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov; she demanded to assume measures on the provision of the medical service and diagnostics and treatment of the diseases pointed by Klykh in the letter.

Lyudmyla Denisova Facebook

Lyudmyla Denisova Facebook

Stanislav Klykh was detained in Russia in September 2014, when he came to Russia to visit his pregnant girlfriend. 

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The Russian jury said Klykh and another Ukrainian political activist, Mykola Karpyuk 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.

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