One more person was sentenced in the occupied Crimea for serving allegedly in the Noman Chelebidzhikhan Crimean Tatar Volunteer Battalion.
As reported by the CHRG, on June 10 2022, “Kievskiy District Court of Simferopol” (“judge” – Oksana Karchevskaya) convicted Oleksiy V.Makarov under RF CC Article 208-2 (“service in an illegal military formation”). According to the CHRG data, he was sentenced for 8 years.
The appeal was considered on January 11, 2023, in the “Supreme Court” of Crimea, and the conviction was upheld.
According to the CHRG information, Oleksiy Makarov has been deported to the penal colony in Russian Saratov.
As reported by the CHRG, in 2022, at least 15 persons including Ukrainian citizens abducted by the Russian military in the south of Ukraine after February 24, 2022, were deprived of liberty on charges of serving in the N.Chelebidzhikhan Battalion.
To remind: the official reason for persecuting the accused in Crimea under RF CC Article 208-2 (Service in the illegal military formation which activity objectives contradict the interests of the Russian Federation) is that they failed to come voluntarily to the RF law enforcement bodies and declare their service in the “Crimean Tatar Noman Chelebidzhikhan Volunteer Battalion”. The evidence of the battalion actions against the RF interests declared by the investigation is the information of mass media that the purpose of the battalion establishment was to de-occupy Crimea.
On June 1, 2022, the Supreme Court of RF declared the Crimean Tatar Noman Chelebidzhikhan Volunteer Battalion” terrorist and forbad its activity on the RF territory. On July 21, 2022, the FSB of Russia included the “Crimean Tatar Noman Chelebidzhikhan Volunteer Battalion” into the list of terrorist organizations.
It is important to note that the detained in these cases report torturing for making false self-statements.