Russia Impedes Lawyers’ Access to Captured Sailors

An investigator has to give the lawyers permission

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02.12.2018

Mykola Polozov

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Attorneys and consuls are currently unable to visit the captured Ukrainian sailors in Moscow, said Mykola Polozov, the lawyer of Denys Hrytsenko, commander of a naval division in Ukraine, Channel 5 reports.

“The Russian authorities provided information to the Ukrainian side about the place of detention of sailors on Friday night when the detention centers were closed. On Saturday and Sunday, they will also be closed, and neither the consuls nor lawyers will be able to get there until Monday. There is a strengthened passage for lawyers. It is necessary to get permission of the investigator, and this can delay the process for a day, for two, for a week, depending on the wishes of the investigator to give permission,” Polozov said.

Russian provocations near the Kerch Strait began on Nov. 25. It started with a Russian coastal guard ship ramming into a Ukrainian tugboat that was transporting two artillery boats from Odesa to Mariupol. Russia blocked access to the Azov Sea altogether and sent two Ka-52 attack helicopters to tail the Ukrainian ships. Finally, it fired on the vessels.

Russian Special Forces then seized the three Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea. Several sailors were wounded.

Russia’s FSB security service said it had opened a criminal case into what it called the ships’ illegal entry into Russian territorial waters.

Between Nov. 27 and 28, the Russian-controlled Simferopol District Court remanded 21 Ukrainian sailors in custody until Jan. 25, 2019.

The three wounded sailors who were in the Kerch hospital were arrested by the Kerch City Court. They are also detained until Jan. 25. 

They all face up to six years of imprisonment.

In Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada voted to pass martial law on Oct. 26 in 10 regions of the country for 30 days.

On Nov. 29, Crimean activist Nariman Dzhelalov said that the captured Ukrainian sailors were being transferred to Moscow for detention.

On Nov. 30, it became known that the sailors have reached the Lefortovo and Matrosskaya Tishina detention centers in Moscow.

Source Channel 5
date 02.12.2018
categories Crimea
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