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 Russian-held political prisoner Kolchenko refused to ask for pardon, - lawyer

Resident of occupied Crimea Oleksandr Kolchenko, who is illegally convicted in Russia, said he will not ask for clemency.

He announced it in a letter sent through his lawyer, Censor.NET reports citing tsn.ua.

As reported, this week lawyer Svetlana Sidorkina could meet with her client for the first time after his placement in one of the jails of the Chelyabinsk region. According to the lawyer, she was denied access to Oleksandr during two hours, which was explained by the need to establish her identity.

Sidorkina reported that Kolchenko underwent inappropriate disciplinary sanctions.

"After arriving at the jail, he was immediately faced with two disciplinary sanctions in the form of placing in a punishment cell for a period of seven days. Overall, he spent 15 days in a punishment cell. Grounds for applying these disciplinary actions were absolutely incommensurate with the disciplinary offense - using slang vocabulary in conversation and not greeting the staff. This treatment of political prisoners seems to have become a tradition here," the lawyer said.

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