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FSB threatened to execute Yesypenko after his claims about torture – defense counsel

12.04.2021, 13:20
FSB/TASS/Radio Liberty
FSB/TASS/Radio Liberty

Russian FSB officers in Crimea threatened the execution to Vladyslav Yesypenko, an arrested contributor to Radio Liberty (Crimea.Reality RFE/RL project), after he accused the FSB of torturing him before the Crimean court.

Yesypenko’s legal counsel Aleksey Ladin reported about it on April 9 Krym.Realii after having met his client.

“We managed to talk to Vladyslav himself. Yesipenko said that after a court hearing during which he claimed about torture, he was taken away to the operative department of the FSB department in Simferopol in Pushkin street, where the FSB operatives officers threatened him with physical violence if he recused the testimony he had made. The testimony by which he perjured himself, ” Ladin said.

The lawyer said that the FSB officers no longer used physical violence or torture against Yesypenko.

FSB did not make public comments on Ladin's saying.

As IMI reported, on April 6, Vladyslav Yesipenko said that FSB investigators had tortured him. He said this on April 6 during a session of the Supreme Court of Crimea.

On March 10, on March 10, n March 10, Russian FSB officers detained Vladislav Yesipenko, a freelancer of Radio Svoboda (Crimea.Realities project), in the occupied Crimea. Yesipenko took part in the action dedicated to Taras Shevchenko's anniversary, which took place in Simferopol on March 9. The arrest term is until May 11.

Yesipenko is accused of gathering information "in the interests of Ukraine's special services," including for the Foreign Intelligence Service, the Russian FSB's Public Relations Center reported on March 16. According to the FSB, Yesipenko "carried out photo and video recording of the area, livelihoods and places of mass stay of people in the Crimea."

Human rights activists said Yesipenko was denied access to an independent lawyer and called for his release .

On March 12, it became known that Yesipenko was being held in a temporary detention facility in Simferopol.

On March 19, it became known that Vladyslav Yesipenko was accused of espionage in favor of the secret services of Ukraine. Human rights activists do not exclude that the FSB would use physical pressure on him.

The same day, his wife claimed she feared for his lige and health. "I want to say once again that I fear for the life and health of my husband, especially after yesterday's video. This video is another proof of beatings, torture and abuse of a person. This is confirmed by the non-admission of two independent lawyers to her husband,” as Kateryna said.

According to her, there were traces of beatings on his face and neck. In addition, despite the fact that she sent him a parcel with clothes, he was given someone else's clothes, under which they tried to hide something.

"The shape of the body was visually disproportionate, that is, I assume that he had something disguised under his clothes: either a device or a corset," the woman suggested.

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