The son of the defendant in the so-called case of Ukrainian saboteurs Vladimir Dudka, Illiya said that the Ukrainian government had stopped contacting the relatives of political prisoners. Vladimir Dudka has already stopped asking about the exchange, since “he has already got used to being in prison”,- Illiya announced this via his Facebook page.
Illiya Dudka noted that a lawyer visited his father last week. The political prisoner thanked everyone for their support and letters.
“A few days have passed after a year from the moment we managed to release several political prisoners. At first, they promised that the rest would be released, and over time, the President’s Office stopped contacting the relatives of those who remained… Dad didn’t even ask the lawyer about the exchange, he said that he had already got used to being in prison. That's all”,- the message says.
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.