10 September 2019, 12:27

Sentsov and Kolchenko summoned to ARC Prosecutor's Office in the case of their abduction in Crimea

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The Kyiv-based Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea asked the ex-prisoners of the Kremlin who were released from captivity, Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko, to testify on their abduction in the spring of 2014.

The press secretary of the Prosecutor’s Office of the ARC Kateryna Didenko made a corresponding statement, as cited by  Hromadske radio.

According to her, the procedural actions will be carried out after Sentsov and Kolchenko undergo complete examination by doctors. Didenko went on saying that in the case of the abduction, Sentsov and Kolchenko would be granted victim status.

It should be noted that in the case of the abduction by the Russian occupation authorities of the defendants in the Sentsov case, Gennady Afanasyev who was released in 2016, and Nikita Borkin, an activist who managed to escape from the peninsula despite the search of FSB, have already testified.

Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko arrived in Ukraine as part of the September 7 exchange. In addition to them, 33 more Ukrainians also returned to Ukraine.

In a first interview with reporters at Boryspil Airport, Sentsov stated that the struggle of Ukraine does not end even with the release of the last prisoner.