Health Condition Worsens for Ukrainian Political Prisoner Volodymyr Dudka
Dudka is not receiving medical assistance at the pretrial detention center where he is held by the Russian Federation
Photo Crimean Human Rights Group
The health condition of Volodymyr Dudka, accused by Russia of sabotage and sentenced to 14 years in prison, has worsened after his transfer from Russia’s city of Moscow to the city of Simferopol in Russia-occupied Crimea.
“Today (Nov. 20) I’ve met my dad for the first time in 3.5 months. He has chronic pain in the abdomen, and the blood pressure has increased after the prisoner transfer. During the latest check, it was 160/100. He says he withstood the transfer thanks to the medicines we manage to pass him,” said Dudka’s son, Illia Kavernikov, Crimean Human Rights Group reported.
He said that Dudka and another convicted in this case – Oleksiy Bessarabov — were spent on the stage from Moscow to Simferopol for about a month.
Dudka, Bessarabov, and Dmytro Shtyblikov were arrested in Crimea in Nov. 2016 and charged with attempted sabotage. At the time of their arrests, Russia’s FSB accused the three of being members of a Ukrainian ‘saboteur group from the main intelligence directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.’
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