(QHA) -

Alexander Kostenko was arrested in Crimea on February 8 and remanded in custody for 2 months on charges linked with EuroMaidan protests in Kyiv last February before Crimea’s unification with Russia.

In an open letter, Alexander Kostenko says that he is subjected to constant ill-treatment and threats in order to force him to give testimony against EuroMaidan activists. 

Kostenko was arrested in February on charges related to events that took place not in Crimea. He is charged under Article 115 of the Russian Criminal Code of “deliberate infliction of mild damage to health for motives of political, ideological, racial, ethnic or religious hatred or enmity, or hatred or enmity in relation to a social group”.

The Crimean Human Rights Field Mission reports that Kostenko’s lawyer Dmitry Sotnikov has called on the SIZO [pre-trial detention centre] administration to carry out an investigation and take the appropriate measures. 

It should be noted that all any alleged action of Kostenko took place in Ukraine and under Ukrainian legislation. 

QHA