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Whereabouts of Dudka and Bessarabov, Defendants of “Ukrainian Saboteurs Case” is Unknown – Lawyer

4 November 2019

The lawyer of Vladimir Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov, the defendants of “Ukrainian saboteurs case”, is unaware of their current location. What is known, however, is that they are being transported from Russian back to Crimea. This is reported by "Krym.Realii”.

“I don’t know for sure (where they were transferred), but what I know is that they are transferred back to Crimea and that their last point of destination was Armavir (Krasnodarski Krai of Russia)”, the lawyer said, noting that she does not know why are they being transported.

Previously, on April 4, the Sevastopol city “court” sentenced the defendants of the “Ukrainian saboteurs case”, Vladimir Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov, to 14 years in prison and issued an administrative fine of 350 and 300 thousand rubles, respectively.

On November 9, 2016, FSB officers detained Vladimir Dudka, Oleksiy Bessarabov, Dmytro Shtyblikov, and Gleb Shablii in Sevastopol on suspicion of preparing sabotage in Crimea (article 30 and paragraph "a" of part 2 of article 281 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stated that these repressive actions are a spectacle for an external audience that aims to discredit Ukraine in the eyes of the world community, as well as for an internal Russian audience to convince that Ukrainians are dangerous.

On May 18, 2017, Dmytro Shtyblikov entered into a pre-trial agreement with the investigation, that is, he pleaded guilty. None of the independent lawyers were allowed to see him. On November 16, 2017, the Sevastopol city “court” sentenced him to 5 years in a maximum-security colony and issued an administrative fine of 200 thousand rubles.

In October, it got about that the defendants of the “Ukrainian saboteurs case”, Vladimir Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov, were transferred to the Moscow detention facility “Sailor’s Silence” but at the end of the month, were sent again in an unknown direction.