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Abducted Volunteer Yaroslav Zhuk Is Being Moved to Rostov

Volunteer Yaroslav Zhuk abducted in Melitopol’ in June 2022, will be moved next days to Rostov-na-Donu, where the Southern Area Military Court will start a litigation against the Ukrainian.

This is reported by the CHRG.

Mr.Yaroslav Zhuk is accused of committing a crime under Russian Federation Criminal Code Article 361-1 (act of international terrorism).

Earlier the Southern Area Military Court in Rostov-na-Donu has started a litigation against another Ukrainian abducted in Kherson and moved to Crimea – Mr.Pavlo Zaporozhets’, an ATO veteran. He is accused of committing a crime under RF CC Article 30-3 (attempt), and Article 361-1 (act of international terrorism).

To remind:

  • In mid-June, in occupied Melitopol’, the Russian military abducted two Ukrainian volunteers – Yaroslav Zhuk and Illia Yenin. On July 12, Vladimir Rogov, the “mayor” of Melitopol’ appointed by the Russian authorities, posted a video with staged confession of Yaroslav Zhuk who was saying that “on June 17, 2022, I attempted to assassinate Yelena Shapurova, director of city’s department of education. “
  • Zhuk was moved to Crimea and accused of committing a crime under RF CC 331 (act of international terrorism), and then detained.
  • On August 26, 2022, the “Supreme Court” of Crimea left the pre-trial restriction unchanged, and then the detention period was extended.
  • Later Mr.Zhuk made a statement which is in possession of the Crimean Human Rights Group, that he had been tortured with electric current, forced to learn by heart a confession text and then make a video, and kept in the basement from June 17 to August 8.
  • At the end of 2022, Nariman Dzhelial, Deputy Head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar People, transferred a letter from the SIZO in which he informed that Yaroslav who was kept in the Simferopol SIZO was still subject to humiliation and physical abuse. After torture Yaroslav has become partially deaf.
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