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Krym.Realii freelancer Yesypenko receives lots of supportive letters, says the journalist's wife

19.09.2023, 14:42
Vladyslav Yesypenko in Crimean "Supreme Court," May 26, 2022. Photo by Graty
Vladyslav Yesypenko in Crimean "Supreme Court," May 26, 2022. Photo by Graty

Krym.Realii freelancer Vladyslav Yesypenko, who has been imprisoned by Russia, has been receiving a lot of letters from Prague and other Czech cities lately.

Yesypenko's wife Kateryna shared this with Krym.Realii.

According to her, during her last conversation with Vladyslav he noted that there were many Radio Liberty employees among those who wrote to him.

Yesypenko saw it as a "touching manifestation of journalistic solidarity".

He said that he has been getting supportive letters from other European countries too, as well as from Ukraine and Russia, noting that "it is very important to him" and that he was grateful to everyone who wrote.

As IMI reported, on June 22, 2023, the Czech office of the Amnesty International started a campaign where people wrote letters to Vladyslav Yesypenko, who has been imprisoned by Russia.

On February 16, the russian-controlled Simferopol District Court sentenced Krym.Realii freelancer Vladyslav Yesypenko to six years in penal colony for alleged illegal storage and transportation of an explosive device.

Speaking in court on February 15, Yesypenko said the case was politically motivated.

On March 10, 2021, russian FSB officers detained "Radio Svoboda" freelancer journalist Vladyslav Yesypenko in the occupied Crimea. Yesypenko took part in a demonstration dedicated to Taras Shevchenko's birth anniversary, which took place in Simferopol on March 9. Vladyslav Yesypenko was charged with gathering information "in the interests of Ukraine's special services," including the Foreign Intelligence Service, the russian FSB's Public Relations Center reported. According to the FSB, Yesypenko "had been performing photo and video recording of the area, welfare facilities, and places of mass gatherings of people in the Crimea."

Vladyslav Yesypenko has stated that FSB investigators had tortured him in order to extract a confession from him.

In December 2022, the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol issued a suspicion notice to a Russian FSB operative who was involved in the torture and illegal imprisonment of Vladyslav Yesipenko. The actions of the suspect are classified as a violation of the laws and customs of war (Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

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