Mykola Karpyuk has participated in most of the major public events in the country since 1991. He was a participant in all more or less significant events that influenced the growth of Ukraine and its national consciousness.
Now Mykola Karpyuk is in prison in the Russian Federation for the sixth year already. He recently celebrated his 55th birthday behind the bars.
The Ukrainian was detained in March 2014 on his way to Russia. The purpose of the trip was negotiations with the entourage of Russian President Vladimir Putin over the cancelation of the Crimean referendum, which eventually became the basis for the annexation of the peninsula by the Russian Federation.
When crossing the border on March 17, he was detained by Russian border guards and taken to Bryansk, a week later he was transferred to the detention center of Yessentuki city.
For a long time, Ukrainian consuls could not get to meet the detainee. Karpyuk even tried to commit suicide, but the warders stopped this attempt.
The Ukrainian was accused of crimes against the Russian Armed Forces, in particular, for the alleged creation and commandment in a Viking detachment during the first Chechen war, the murder attempt and killing servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces.
And although during the trial, Karpyuk’s lawyers drew attention to many inconsistencies, violations of defendant’s rights, and strange testimony of the only alleged witness to his “crimes,” the sentence was finally imposed.
In May 2016, Mykola Karpyuk was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. The appeal did not help; the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation upheld the verdict.
Since 2017, Karpyuk has been in Vladimir Central prison.