The Crimean political prisoner Alexander Kolchenko is typically treated as a political prisoner in the Russian prisoner camp and is always sent to the isolation cell (solitary).
His lawyer Svetlana Sidorkina has stated about this.
“On his arrival the guards have used standard procedure, which is recently applied to all the political prisoners. He was disciplinary punished for seven days of solitary and when exiting he was sent back for another seven days period. First time it was for jargon words he used in conversation. And the second time — for saying “hello” to a guard,” said Sydorkina.
According to her, another one Crimean Gennady Afanasiev convicted in Russia is now in the solitary too.
Kolchenko and Oleg Sentsov were sentenced in Russia to 10 and 20 years of imprisonment.
Both the Ukrainians are recognized political prisoners by the Russian human rights organization “Memorial”.