Lawyer: Crimean Maydan participant harassed in Russian prison camp

Olexander Kostenko Olexander Kostenko

Lawyer Dmitry Sotnikov insists that his client and a Crimean Euromaydan activist Alexander Kostenko is harassed on ethnic descent in the Russian prison camp.

“The Ukrainians are certainly harassed on ethnic descent there. Most of his jailmates are ethnically Chechens. He undergoes difficulties due to the specifics of this camp which is for former law enforcers,” said the lawyer.

According to him, Kostenko refused medical assistance in the camp and asked to treat his sore arm in urban medical settings.

“He refused reoperation in the camp due to insanitary conditions. There the prisoners suffer from traditionally camp diseases such as hepatitis, HIV and others. Therefore he asked not to operate him but rehabilitate the arm. The arm was operated in Simferopol where a part of the diarthrosis was exsomatized, so he is afraid the arm will lose its functionality,” said Sotnikov.

The Crimean Euromaydan activist Alexander Kostenko was convicted in Simferopol after the Russian annexation of the peninsula and then charged with four years of imprisonment. He was found guilty of bodily harm infliction to an officer of the “Berkut” Special Division in Kiev in 2014 as well as weapon possession.

Kostenko was in the pre-trial detention center of Simferopol prior to the court judgment, and then was transferred to the Kirovo-Chepetsk prison camp in Kirov region, Russia.

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