Citizen of Sevastopol Vladimir Dudka, accused by the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia of involvement in a “Ukrainian sabotage group”, says that it has been forced to testify against himself under duress.
It is reported by the Crimean human rights group with a reference to the detainee’s son.
According to the group, lawyer Oksana Zheleznyak could visit Dudka in the temporary detention facility of Bakhchisarai on November 14. She had a short conversation with Dudka – during 17 minutes only. Then the lawyer was said that her client had to be taken from the prison with no explanations.
During the short conversation Dudka completely denied his implication in the alleged crimes. He said that he had given his testimony under duress.
Moreover, Dudka said that he had been forced to waive the lawyer hired by his son.
According to Zheleznyak, her client looks extremely ill and his state of health raises deep concerns due to the tachycardia and peptic ulcer he suffers. On the eve of his arrest, he sought medical help in an attack of ulcers, but did not undergo a course of treatment due to the detention. He looks frightened and psychologically depressed. He does not receive medical care in the prison and that endangers his life and health.
Moreover, Dudka’s son fears suspension of the hired lawyer from the case to prevent participation of an independent defender in the investigations.
As a reminder, the FSB announced detention of a Ukrainian “subversive and terrorist group” in Sevastopol on November 10. Later the names of the detainees were publicized. They were former employees of the Nomos Analytical Center Dmitry Shtyblikov and Alyaksei Bessarabov, as well as retired military Vladimir Dudka.