Russia Impedes Lawyers’ Access to Captured Sailors
An investigator has to give the lawyers permission
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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.
They all face up to six years of imprisonment.