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Ukrainian sailor kept in Moscow prison jokes he "finally rests from his commander"

Source : 112 Ukraine

Serhiy Popov told the lawyer about the conditions in the prison
14:14, 21 December 2018

"Lefortovo" prison
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The Ukrainian sailor, the Lieutenant Commander of Nikopol boat Sergiy Popov, who was detained in the Kerch Strait joked that in Moscow prison, he is resting from “his commander, who yells at him every morning”. The lawyer of the sailor Gadzhi Aliyev wrote that on Facebook.

According to the lawyer, on December 20, the Supreme Court of the occupied Crimea considered the appeal against detention of the Ukrainian POW, Lieutenant Commander Serhiy Popov.

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The lawyer was not allowed to participate in the court session, which was held in  a video conference mode from ‘’Lefortovo” prison. Instead, the court invited the appointed lawyer who did not know that there was a private lawyer in spite of the standard of the defence to take part in the court session.

Yet, the lawyer could talk to Popov during the investigation stage, when Serhiy said he was a POW and asked for Geneva Convention appliance. He refused to testify.

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“Sergiy did not become discouraged while in prison, that’s what he said. He is a funny and positive person, he jokes a lot. He said that it was quiet in the cell, and he was having rest from his commander who called him every morning and said: “We have breakage in here, get up!”. He reminded the investigator that he had a higher rank. The investigator understands that,” the lawyer wrote.

Popov also said that he was placed in a cell with a TV set, which did not work, as it did not have an antenna. When he asked the prison’s administration to give him one, they never reacted. So, he made antenna himself as he is a certified technician.

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“There is so much information about Ukraine, I’ve never watched so many plotting about Ukraine at home! Isn’t there anything interesting in other countries like Kazakstan, Belarus? Why so many news about Ukraine?” the lawyer cites the sailor.

Popov thanks the volunteers and those who helped.

Earlier, it was reported that 15 captured sailors declared themselves POWs.

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