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 Trial against Ukrainians Karpiuk and Klykh in Grozny postponed for uncertain term

The Supreme Court of Chechen Republic of Russia has postponed trial against Ukrainian hostages of the Kremlin Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh for an uncertain term.

This was announced by the court's press secretary Indarbek Kaimov to Hromadske Radio, Censor.NET informs.

"There will be no trial, the judge is ill," Kaimov said. He could not say when the next trial will take place.

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Today's trial is visited by defense witnesses, including two Karpiuk's brothers, cousin and mother of Klykh, and Consul of Ukraine Alexander Kovtun, all of whom came from Ukraine.

Klykh and Karpiuk's lawyers Dokka Itslaev and Marina Dubrovina doubt the judge's illness. They believe the postponement is caused by the judge's reluctance to interrogate the defense witnesses.

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The lawyers managed to talk to the court's representatives and found out that the judge Vakhid Ismailov is on a sick leave for a month. Itslaev says it's not clear for when the hearing will be scheduled.

Consul Kovtun refused to comment, saying commentaries can be obtained from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's press service.

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In late August 2015, Russia's Investigation Committee announced filing a criminal case against Ukrainian citizens Karpiuk and Klykh, who are accused of fighting against Russian military in Chechnya in 1990s. Karpiuk was kidnapped by Russian secret services in March 2014. Klykh was detained in August 2014 in Russian city of Orel. The mockery of the trial began on Oct. 12, 2015. In February 2016, Russian 'Memorial' center announced Karpiuk and Klykh political prisoners.
 
 
 
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