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Bohdan Ziza Convoyed to “Vladimirskiy Tsentral”

Bohdan Ziza, a Crimean artist sentenced to 15 years, was convoyed to “Vladimirskiy Tsentral” Russian prison.

As reported by the CHRG, after a long travel, the activist was brought to Prison T 2 (“Vladimirskiy Tsentral”) in the Russian city of Vladimir, in January 2024.

The activist is known to have been convoyed from Novocherkassk, when on September 27, the Military Court of Appeal in Vlasikha upheld his sentence without changes. A temporary stop was made in Penal Colony No.29 in Perm.

To remind: “Vladimirskiy Tsentral” is a well-known Russian prison for dangerous special criminals founded in late 18th c. Nowadays a lot of Ukrainian political prisoners are being held there, including Oleh Prykhodko, Ihor Kupych, Asan Akhtemov, Appaz Kurtamet, Amet Suleymanov, et al.

To remind:

  • Bohdan Ziza, a Crimea resident, was detained by RF FSB on May 17, 2022. He was accused of having spilled yellow and blue paint on the entrance to the Yevpatoriya “occupational administration” building. etc.).
  • Bohdan Ziza indicated that Aleksandr Lavrov, an investigator of the Crimean FSB department, beat him during the investigation stage, threatened him with the conditions of the pre-trial detention center and described what would happen to the artist when he came to prison. In addition, after the detention, Mr. Ziza was forcibly made to record a video.
  • On June 6, 2023, the Southern Area Military Court in Rostov-na-Donu sentenced the Crimean activist to 15 years in the general regime penal colony. Mr. Ziza was found guilty of justifying terrorism (RF CC Article 205.2-2), preparing to an act of terror (RF CC Articles 30-1, 205-1), and vandalism motivated by political enmity (RF CC Article 214-2). The prosecutor’s office requested 18 years in confinement for the Crimean artist under all articles cumulatively.
  • Making his last statement, Bohdan Ziza again pointed out that he had protested against the war in Ukraine passively supported by most Russians.
  • On June 10, Bohdan went on hunger strike, demanding to be withdrawn Russian nationality and Ukrainian political prisoners to be released. On June 27, the Crimean stopped his hunger strike.
  • On September 27, 2023, the RF Military Court of Appeal in Vlasikha, a Moscow satellite town, upheld the conviction – 15 years in confinement.
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