Political prisoner Oleksandr Kostenko released, returns home from Russia

19:51, 6 August 2018

Oleksandr Kostenko, the Ukrainian native and political prisoner, previously detained in Russia, returned to Kyiv on Monday. Ukraine’s Ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova posted hat on Facebook.

Kostenko left the premises of Russian penal colony in Kirov Oblast, central Russia, on Friday. Before the detention, he served as a policeman and supported the Euromaidan movement in Crimea, where he lived.

He was charged with attacking a fighter of Berkut riot police during the violent street fights in Kyiv in early 2014. The Russian law enforcers detained him in Crimea; and then, the Russian court sentenced him to four years and two months in prison. Kostenko served time to the full extent.