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 Ukraine's political prisoner Klykh asks Hroisman to step up talks on release of Russian-held hostages. DOCUMENT (in Russian)

Ukrainian political prisoner Stanislav Klykh wrote a letter to Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman, asking him to speed up negotiations to release Ukraine's hostages held in the Russian Federation.

Deputy Justice Minister of Ukraine Serhii Petukhov wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"We've received a letter from our political prisoner Stanislav Klykh, who is held in Chechnya. The Grozny remand prison No.1 has got no TV and Klykh does not receive any information about what is happening in Ukraine and beyond its borders. Information blockade is one of the ways of putting pressure against Ukrainians. They are not allowed to see the consul, read newspapers, and correspond without restrictions," Petukhov noted.

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According to him, Ukraine's Justice Ministry addressed its Russian counterpart with a request to provide documents on Klykh's case for examination, but no answer came.

In his letter to Volodymyr Hroisman Klykh asks the prime minister to take steps to accelerate negotiations on the exchange of persons that are illegally held in Russian prisons contrary to all norms of international law.

He also asks about a possibility to donate a TV to the remand prison in Grozny.

Read more: Moscow considers request for Karpiuk's and Klykh's extradition to Kyiv, - Russia's Justice Ministry

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Earlier, the court of Grozny (Russia) convicted two citizens of Ukraine May 19. Chechnya's Supreme Court sentenced Karpiuk to 22 years and six months in a high-security prison and Klykh to 20 years in prison May 26. The Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation dismissed the appeal of Ukrainians Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh against their confinement June 14.

Feb. 17, 2016, Russian Human Rights Center Memorial recognized citizens of Ukraine Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh political prisoners whom Russia was unlawfully holding in prison. According to human rights activists, the indictment in this case was made with violations and described nonexistent crimes.
 
 
 
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