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Russia Supreme Court doesn't free Ukrainians Karpiuk, Klykh

The Russian Supreme Court's criminal judicial panel has not upheld an appeal against a Chechnya court verdict on Ukrainian citizens Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh, who were sentenced to 22.5 and 20 years in prison, respectively, according to an UNIAN Moscow-based correspondent.

Karpiuk and Klykh during court hearings / Photo from UNIAN
Karpiuk and Klykh during court hearings / Photo from UNIAN

The ruling against the two Ukrainians charged with involvement in hostilities against Russian military forces during the first Chechen war was read out by a Russian Supreme Court judge, the correspondent reported.

"The verdict passed by the Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic against Karpiuk and Klykh should remain in force, and the appeal should be left unsatisfied," the judge said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Supreme Court of Russia's Chechnya in May 2016 sentenced Karpiuk to 22.5 years and Klykh to 20 years in jail. The Russian investigators claim that the Ukrainians used to form groups of mercenaries in Ukraine for fighting against Russian federal forces in Chechnya. Further, they "found" that Karpiuk allegedly participated in the war late in 1994 and early in 1995.

Ukraine's Justice Ministry has sent several requests to the Russian authorities for the extradition of Karpiuk and Klykh.

Ukrainian citizen Klykh convicted in Russia gone mad due to torture – human rights activistsRussian human rights activist and member of the Moscow Public Oversight Commission to monitor compliance with the rights of prisoners Zoya Svetova announced on October 22, 2016, that Klykh, being contained in the Grozny detention center, Chechnya, at that moment, had gone mad because of the torture applied to him during the arrest and pretrial investigation.

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