Wounded Ukrainian sailors transferred to Lefortovo prison, - activist

Andriy Eider, Andriy Artemenko and Vasyl Soroka left Matrosskaya Tishina penitentiary facility and moved to another Moscow-based prison, Viktroia Ivleva reports; lawyer Nikolai Polozov could not confirm the information
08:02, 28 January 2019

Ukrainian sailor behind bars in Russia

The three Ukrainian seamen wounded in the Russian Navy attack on Ukrainian ships were brought from Matrosskaya Tishina to Lefortovo prison in Moscow. Viktoria Ivleva, the local human rights activist reported that on Facebook. 

'The three wounded seamen, Andriy Eider, Andriy Artemenko and Vasyl Soroka, were brought from Matrosskaya Tishina to Lefortovo, today or yesterday', she wrote.

She admitted that the actual information revealed by mere accident. 'People could not have themselves registered online to pass the guys a delivery. The receiver could not be found, it appears. Now we will be searching for all receivers by the well-known address at Lefortovo-2 remand centre', she wrote.

In turn, lawyer Nikolai Polozov could not confirm the information just yet. According to him, that will be possibly on Monday morning, when the detention centres will start working and lawyers can visit them again', he wrote on Facebook.

On November 25, 2018. the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.

All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, another - to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

Related: EU urges Russia to immedieately release 24 Ukrainian sailors

On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the attack in the Kerch Strait.

Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019 Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.

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