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In the colony of the Russian Federation, where Kostenko is being held, a conflict occurred: relatives are concerned about the fate of the Crimean

Александр Костенко

In Russia, in the penal colony No. 5 in Kirovo-Chepetsk, which contains the Ukrainian political prisoner Alexander Kostenko, there was a conflict between the convicts that turned into a brawl involving 20 convicts on 19 March.

According to the press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Kirov region: “the employees of the duty shift stopped the illegal actions of the convicts and at 8.45 pm the participants in the events were taken to cells. The instigators of the conflict were identified and placed in a punishment cell. All convicts are examined by medical personnel. One participant in the conflict was detected abrasions and bruises, he was provided with qualified medical care. The life and health of the convicted person is not under the threat.

Special means, physical strength and weapons were not used by the staff. The situation in the institution is under control, the daily routine of the convicts is carried out in full. “Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia in the Kirov region conducted a pre-investigation check; establish the circumstances of what happened.

The Crimean human rights group contacted + 7833614-64-92 number and reached the on-duty service of the correctional facility-5, the duty officer said: “… I saw Kostenko this morning during the check and everything was fine with him.”

Relatives of Alexander Kostenko told the CHRG that since Friday they have no information about him. Taking into account that Alexander has repeatedly conflicted with convicts who participated in military operations in the east of Ukraine and have an anti-Ukrainian stance; relatives are concerned about the lack of reliable information about his whereabouts and health.

As previously reported by the Crimean human rights group, during the consideration of the cassation appeal about the change in the term of imprisonment, Kostenko told the court on video conferencing that he was detained and beaten by FSS officers. He also said that now he is not receiving medical care, his hand is drying.

In April 2016, the Kirovo-Chepetsky District Court of the Kirov Region of Russia denied the Crimean in parole.

On 19 August, 2016 Kostenko was also denied replacement of the punishment in the form of imprisonment for a lighter one.

According to investigators, on 18 February, 2014, during the “riots” in Kiev, Kostenko caused bodily injuries to a member of the Crimean special unit “Berkut”. According to the officers the activist, without permission provided by law, illegally kept a rifled barrel at his residence. Kostenko did not admit his guilt. Kostenko’s case was unprecedented, as he was accused of participating in the events of February 2014, which occurred not even in Crimea, but in Kiev.

According to the CHRG experts, the process in this case is one of the most politicized processes against Ukrainian activists in Crimea.



Crimean citizens are recruited into the Russian army in violation of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of WarOn 30 July, 2017 another action was held in Sevastopol calling to serve under the contract in the Russian army. The citizens of Sevastopol again were recruited for military service. At the so-called “point of selection for military service on a contract basis” they distributed booklets with agitation to serve in separate coastal defence brigade 126 and in landing ships brigade 197 of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. Agitation was held in Sevastopol during the celebration of the day of the Navy on Nakhimov Square. According to the Crimea.Realii website, an exhibition of land military equipment was held on the same square; The exhibition included: a mobile coastal anti-ship missile system “Bastion” with a unified homing missile “Yakhont”, a mobile command and staff radio station, a floating wheeled armoured personnel carrier, an anti-aircraft missile system S-300 “Favorit” for the destruction of modern and prospective aircraft, a 122 mm missile-antiaircraft complex Grad, a multiple launch rocket system “Uragan”, an anti-aircraft missile system “Pantsir”, an air defence missile system “Osa”, a charging car, a self-propelled artillery “Gvozdika”. According to Russian media, the occupation authorities held a naval parade in the city, where military a demonstration fire was organized. The event began with the entrance of the three-masted sailing frigate “Khersones” to the Sevastopol Bay, at which students of the Ukrainian University (Kerch State Maritime Technological University) earlier had a maritime practice. According to local and Russian media, the training ship “Perekop”, missile cruiser “Moscow” and the diesel-electric submarine “Stary Oskol”, as well as the naval aviation Ka-27 helicopters and Su-30SM fighters, also took part in the military parade. Such actions of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine, which was occupied by it, grossly violate international humanitarian law and are prohibited by international conventions. The Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) earlier recorded the holding of similar agitation events for military service in the Russian army in the occupied peninsula. We remind you that Article 51 of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War explicitly prohibits the invocation of an occupying power in the occupied territory. The head of the CHRG, Olga Skrypnik, noted that among other things the Convention prohibits propaganda of the military conscription in the occupied territories, including all the advertising posters, various “patriotic” events in schools and universities where people are called to go to the Russian army. Both contractual and regular service are under the ban. Photos of the mobile point of military drafting and promotional booklets were made on 30 July in Sevastopol.

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