Political prisoners Vladimir Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov found in Pyatigorsk – relatives

December 9, 2019

Convicted in the occupied Crimea, the defendants in the so-called case of Ukrainian saboteurs Vladimir Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov were in Pyatigorsk as of December 8. It was reported by the Crimea.Realities media agency with reference to the son of Vladimir Dudka Illia Kavernikov.

“As of yesterday (December 8) they were still in Pyatigorsk. They are being transported somewhere to the Stavropol Region. Presumably, either the 1st  or 11th  colony. I don’t know anything else”,- Kavernikov voiced out.

Earlier, the Ukrainian Ombudswoman Liudmyla Denisova reported that Vladimir Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov are under moral and psychological pressure from the administration of the prison in which they are held. The Ukrainian Ombudswoman urgently asked the Consul General of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don, Taras Malyshevs’ky, to urgently establish the whereabouts of Vladimir Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov, verify compliance with their rights to proper maintenance, and provide them with independent legal and medical assistance.

We remind that on November 9, 2016, FSB officers detained Vladimir Dudka , Dmitriy Shtyblikov, Oleksiy Bessarabov and Gleb Shabliy in Sevastopol on suspicion of preparing a 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 said that these repressive actions are being carried out for an external audience with an attempt to discredit Ukraine in the eyes of the international community, as well as for an internal Russian audience to convince that Ukrainians are allegedly dangerous.

On May 18, 2017, Dmytro Shtyblikov entered into a pre-trial agreement with the investigation, that is, he pleaded guilty. Not a single independent lawyer was allowed to see him. On November 16, 2017, the so-called Sevastopol City Court sentenced him to 5 years in a maximum security colony and to a fine of 200 thousand rubles.

On April 4, 2019, the so-called Sevastopol City Court sentenced the persons involved in the so-called case of Ukrainian saboteurs Vladimir Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov to 14 years in prison and imposed a fine of 350 and 300 thousand rubles, respectively.