The Ukrainian foreign Ministry expressed protest in connection with the illegal verdict of a Russian court Litvinov

МИД Украины выразил протест в связи с незаконным приговором российского суда Литвинову

The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine declares categorical protest to the Russian side in connection with the condemnation of illegally held in the Russian Federation the citizen of Ukraine Sergey Litvinov to 8 years and 6 months of imprisonment with punishment serving in a colony of strict regime. This was reported in the press service of the foreign Ministry.

“Wrongful judicial decision that was based on false and fabricated evidence received, including from the use of the Ukrainian psychological pressure and torture, became another confirmation of the desire of the Russian side at any cost, to condemn all illegally detained citizens of Ukraine to the strongest possible terms of imprisonment”, – said the foreign Ministry.

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As noted, the Ukrainian foreign Ministry strongly condemns human rights violations by the Russian side, believes the decision of the Russian court solely politically motivated and demands from the Russian Federation for the immediate release of Sergei Litvinov and his return to Ukraine.

Recall, the village Tarasovskiy district court of the Rostov region of the Russian Federation sentenced the Ukrainian Sergei Litvinov to 8.5 years in prison. Protection has directed the appeal complaint to a sentence.

Litvinov was arrested in Russia in September 2014. Originally Litvinova the Russian authorities were accused of participation in the volunteer battalion, in killing 30 people and rape. But finding no bodies, no victims, he has been charged with common assault against a citizen of Russia.

The interior Ministry denied the information that Litvinov has served in the volunteer battalion. In may 2015, human rights defenders reported that he came to Russia from the Luhansk region to treat teeth, and he was arrested as a fighter of the battalion “Dnepr”.

8 February 2016, the Ukrainian foreign Ministry expressed indignation over the extension of Tarasovsky district court of the Rostov region of Russia period of detention of Sergey Litvinova until August. MFA also expressed concern about the possible use of torture against him.

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