Stanislav Klyh and Nikolai Karpyuk, illegally held in Russia, collected and handed over the documents for filing a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) through the Ukrainian Consulate in Rostov-on-Don (Russia).
“Today, the consular officials of the Consulate General of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don visited Ukrainian political prisoners Nikolai Karpyuk and Stanislav Klyh in the detention center No. 1 in Grozny. They were arrested as a result of the insidious operations of Russian security services and convicted by a Russian court on roughly falsified charges. The prisoners were arrested for allegedly "participation in the second war in Chechnya with a group of militants led by Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Karpyuk and Klyh signed and handed over to the consular officials the necessary documents for the preparation of a claim to be filed in the European Court of Human Rights. I speak up for freedom of invincible fighters,” Vitaly Moskalenko, Consul General of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don, stated.
The leader of The Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People's Self-Defence (UNA-UNSO) Nikolai Karpyuk was detained by Russian security forces in March 2014, and the journalist Stanislav Klyh - in September of the same year.
On May 26, the Chechnya's Supreme Court found the Ukrainians guilty of participation in the fighting, and sentenced Karpyuk to 22.5 years in prison, and Klyh - to 20 years.