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 Ukrainian political prisoners Karpliuk and Klykh's case taken to court

Russia's Investigative Committee has sent a criminal case against two Ukrainians Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh with approved indictment to court for its further hearing on the merits.

This is reported by Censor.NET citing Russia's Investigative Committee official website. Karpiuk and Klykh are accused "of leading a gang, murdering two or more persons and attempting at two or more persons as a result of their activity." According to investigation, together with militants they were involved in clashes with Russian soldiers on the territory of Chechnya. The committee argues it has sufficient evidence to send the case to court.

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March 29, 2014, Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia kidnapped Ukrainian National Assembly's leader Mykola Karpiuk. Russia's Investigative Committee later explained that Karpiuk was suspected of involvement in Chechen war. In September 2014, Ukrainian journalist Oleksandr Klykh, who came to Russia to visit his girlfriend, was reported to have been detained without any charges. The committee refused admission of Ukraine's consul in Rostov-on-Don to Karpiuk and Klykh.

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In May 2015, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry filed a note of protest to Russian consul in connection with violation of the rights of Karpiuk and Klykh and asked for official information about the detainees. At the same time, Russian lawyer Ilya Novikov suggested that Karpiuk might be no longer alive.
 
 
 
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