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 Russia deliberately dragging out mock trial of political prisoners Karpiuk and Klykh, - Ukrainian Foreign Ministry

The Foreign Ministry expresses outrage against protraction of the trial of Ukrainian citizens Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh by the Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation.

Censor.NET reports citing the statement by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses outrage by the actions of the Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, which is deliberately dragging out the hearing of the case trumped-up against the illegally detained citizens of Ukraine Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh. This time, the trial was unexpectedly postponed due to a "sudden" disease of the presiding judge while the date of the next hearing was not announced," the statement reads.

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"We strongly protest against the denial of access to the courtroom for the witnesses from Ukraine, journalists, volunteers and relatives of the accused, who arrived to attend the trial being accompanied by the diplomats of the Consulate General of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don," the Foreign Ministry stressed.

"We recognize such actions of the Russian side, as well as systematic denial of access for the Ukrainian consuls to Karpiuk and Klykh, as legal mayhem, which has led to gross violation of the illegally detained Ukrainian citizens' right to freedom, security, and fair trial.

"The Foreign Ministry demands the Russian side to eliminate existing obstacles in visiting Ukrainians by the consular officials of Ukraine and stop their legal lynching," the statement reads.

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