ECHR obliges Russia to inform about state of four Ukrainian political prisoners' health

01:57, 24 August 2018
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The European Court of Human Rights has obliged the Russian Federation to inform about the state of health of Ukrainian citizens Stanislav Klykh, Volodymyr Balukh, Emir-Huseyn Kuku, and Serhiy Lytvynov, who have been detained by that country's law-enforcement agencies illegally.

"The European Court of Human Rights has very quickly reacted to a request from the government of Ukraine on the state of health of Ukrainian political prisoners Stanislav Klykh, Volodymyr Balukh, Emir-Huseyn Kuku, and Serhiy Lytvynov," Ukraine's Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko said on Facebook on August 23.

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In particular, the ECHR's decision notes that "Russia should by September 5 provide information on the state of these political prisoners' health, what kind of medical services they have been provided with, and whether such services are being provided now."

Also, the Russian Federation must provide information on political prisoners access to whom the Russian side has denied to Ukrainian consuls, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Human Rights Commissioner Liudmyla Denisova and other representatives of the Ukrainian state and activists under a far-fetched pretext.

As UNIAN reported, Ukraine has recently lodged a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights against the Russian Federation demanding that Russia release 71 Ukrainians who have illegally been detained and kept in Russia and in Russian-occupied Crimea.

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