Andrei Kolomiets, a Ukrainian activist, is being held in Simferopol pretrial detention center in one cell with the supporters of the illegal armed formations "DPR" and "LPR" (Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics) under constant pressure, according to the Crimean Human Rights Group.
Thus, during the court hearing, the lawyer of Kolomiets told the judge of the Kiev District Court of Simferopol Belousov that his client is kept in one cell with two supporters of the "DPR" and "LPR."
Andrei Kolomiets clarified that one of his cellmates is a resident of Sevastopol, and fought against the Ukrainian military on the side of the "LPR."
In addition, according to him, the inmates hate him as "a Ukrainian opposition-minded to the regime of Yanukovych." They also humiliate him, and threaten with physical violence.
The lawyer also said that "the health of Andrei deteriorated due to detention for over 10 months. So, Anderei estimates his cellmates’ threats as real.” He believes that "these circumstances of Kolomiyts custody are actually torturous."
Andrei Kolomiets, born in 1993, is accused of "attempt" upon the life of two "Berkut" officers during the events at Independence Square in Kyiv in 2014.
He was arrested in the Kabardino-Balkaria (Russia) on May 15, 2015 in violation of the procedural norms, and then taken to Crimea. Andrei Kolomiets has been held in Simferopol pretrial detention center since August 13, 2015.
According to human rights advocates, he is charged with the following articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: Art. 105 - murder of two or more persons (unfinished), Art. 228 - storage of drugs, Art. 30 – attempted crime.