Ukrainian consuls visited political prisoners Oleksandr Kostenko and Valentyn Vygovsky in the Russian Federation, the department of consulate service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported on its Facebook page.
The consuls visited prisoners in the prison camp in Kirovo-Chepetsk on November 8 – 9.
The consuls inspected the incarceration conditions and the state of health of the political prisoners. Kostenko and Vygovsky were also provided with all the necessary consular legal and financial assistance. Both of them do not complain of the prejudicial treatment or other illegal actions by the prison camp administration.
As it was reported earlier, Oleksandr Kostenko was accused of inflicting injuries on the officer of the Berkut Crimean special forces unit in February 2014 during Euromaidan protests all over Ukraine as stated by the “Prosecutor’s Office” of the Crimea. Kostenko si also accused of illegal arms holding, namely a rifle barrel. The Kirovo-Chepetsky Court in Kirov oblast in Russia denied of his early release on parole on April 14, 2016. Later the consul reported that Kostenko was in danger of amputation of an arm in August 2015 – his state of health was satisfactory in general, with the exception of his elbow joint, which required prosthetic care.
In December 2015, Moscow District court sentenced Valentyn Vygovsky to 11 years in Russian high-security prison. The Ukrainian was found guilty of economic and military espionage, and an attempt to pass information that contains commercial confidentiality to another state. The case was investigated by FSB, Russia’s federal security service. Later in March of 2016, the Supreme Court of Russia ruled that the verdict in the case of Ukrainian citizen Valentyn Vygovsky pronounced by the Moscow District court remains unchanged. Thus, the verdict came into force on March 31. Under the sentence, Vygovsky is to spend 11 years of imprisonment.