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 Just another farce in Russian kangaroo court, - Poroshenko on Karpiuk and Klykh's sentence

President Petro Poroshenko said the sentencing of Ukrainian citizens Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh by the Russian court is just another farce.

Poroshenko wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"Today, just another farce occurred in the Russian kangaroo court's trial over Ukrainian citizens Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh. This happened despite total absurdity of the charges against them and despite Stanislav's grave health condition that requires immediate medical assistance.

"The absurdity of the situation has been stressed by recent refusal of Moscow to transfer our Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko allegedly due to Russian passports. And that's after Russian Ombudsperson acknowledged that both Kolchenko and Sentsov were Ukrainian citizens.

"In connection with this I ordered Foreign Ministry and other relevant agencies to put more efforts in the soonest release of Ukrainian citizens and protection of their rights, including by enhanced international pressure on Russia."

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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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