According to Alexander Kostenko, a political prisoner from Crimea, he is suffering from a withered arm due to lack of medical care, the Crimean Human Rights Group quotes Dmitry Sotnikov, Kostenko’s lawyer, as saying.
“While his plea for reducing a prison term was being heard, Kostenko, appearing by video conference, said that FSS officers used physical force to detain him. He went on to say that he is suffering from a withered hand due to not being given medical care. According to Alexander, the punishment he received is grossly disproportionate to the crime he is convicted of (the prison term he received is given for illegally possession of a grenade, and not a gun barrel, which police seized from him),” says a statement released by the Crimean Human Rights Group.
The statement also says that Kostenko has a minor child to support.
On May 15, 2015, Simferopol’s Kievsky district court found Alexander Kostenko guilty of inflicting bodily harm to a Berkut riot police officer in February 2014 and possessing parts of a firearm. Kostenko was sentenced to 4 years and 2 months in a minimum-security correctional facility. Kostenko’s lawyers said they would appeal the verdict with the European Court of Human Rights. In August, his prison sentence was reduced to 3 years and 11 months.