Ukrainian legal community calls for the immediate release of Russian political prisoner Igor Kiyashko


KYIV — July 16, 2020. The Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) directed an open appeal to the international legal community, the Office of the President of Ukraine, the Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, representatives of Parliament and the Security Service of Ukraine, calling to take necessary measures to release the political prisoner of the Russian Federation, Ukrainian lawyer Igor Kiyashko

On April 10, 2018 Igor Kiyashko was detained in the territory of Russia on suspicion of preparation of smuggling, and in 2 months he was accused of espionage in favor of Ukraine. Afterwards Igor Kiyashko refused from legal aid, such decision being forced by physical torture. In December the same year, the Nizhnogorodskyi Regional Court in Russia sentenced him to eight years in a maximum-security prison.

As it become known, there is an outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection in the correctional colony № 11, where Igor Kiyashko is illegally detained. Given these circumstances, the institution lacks personal protective equipment and proper medical care, — said the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova on July 1, 2020. For example, due to the lack of beds in the medical unit, the infected are placed in the canteen and leisure club, directly exposing other prisoners to the risk of infection.

Let us remember that The Ukrainian Bar Association has repeatedly voiced its indignation towards violation of human rights by the Russian Federation:

«We believe that such facts of contempt and neglect of human rights by the Russian Federation require an immediate response from the Ukrainian authorities and the international community», the text of the open appeal reads.

Note. The Association was approached by Igor Kiyashko’s wife. The Ukrainian Parliament’s Commissioner for Human Rights and members of the Ukrainian official delegation in Minsk have repeatedly raised the issue of the political prisoner’s release. The Center for Civil Liberties, which is supported by the Association, is also engaged in the legal defense of Igor Kiyashko.

The full text of the open appeal is available by the link.

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