Beziazykov personally took part in some conversations and was mentioned in the rest of them, according to the prosecution.
"It appears that Mr. Beziazykov was not a prisoner of war at all. He held a senior position in the hierarchy of this ring, gave orders and instructions to other members of the terrorist organization," prosecutor Oleh Peresada said.
The defendant and his lawyers refuted these allegations.
"There are several conversations that I would describe as ‘attempts of the militants to cast a cloud over prisoners’. They tried to bring discredit not to Beziazykov alone but also to ordinary soldiers and those whom the militants considered to be super important captives. That is, these prisoners could be allegedly swapped for 15 militants," lawyer Oleh Veremienko said.
Beziazykov also asked to provide protection to his family which he believes is in danger.
The next hearing of the case will be held on Jan. 22.
As reported, Ukraine's Security Service suspects Beziazykov of involvement in a terrorist organization. According to the SBU, he collected information about the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) forces after he was allegedly converted in the militants' captivity and the Russian military agencies provided him with a weapon, cash allowance, and a car with a driver.