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Maksym Butkevych is in a prison in the occupied Luhansk oblast, says his father

05.12.2023, 23:02
Photo: Maksym Butkevych on Facebook
Photo: Maksym Butkevych on Facebook

Ukrainian human rights activist and prisoner of war, Maksym Butkevych, is in the prison No. 2 in Khrustalny city in the occupied Luhansk oblast, as Maksym's father Oleksandr told the IMI.

According to him, Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) provided this information in response to an inquiry by Leonid Solovyov, Maksym's lawyer.

Oleksandr Butkevych notes that the FSIN replied to the lawyer "after a long silence" of over three months, and after August 22, 2023, when a Moscow court of appeal upheld Maksym's "sentence".

The FSVP's response states that Maksym Butkevich is "serving a measure of criminal punishment" in correctional colony No. 2 "in Krasnyy Luch (Ukrainian name Khrustalny. - Ed.), Vakhrushevo (Ukrainian name Bokovo-Khrustalnye. - Ed.)".

As IMI reported, on August 22 the Moscow General Jurisdiction Court of Appeal No. 1 upheld the "ruling" in the case of human rights advocate, journalist and soldier, Maksym Butkevych, who was sentenced to 13 years in a high security by the Luhansk occupation court.

On March 10, 2023, the Investigative Committee of Russia announced that the "court" of ORDLO had convicted three Ukrainian POWs: Maksym Butkevych (13 years in prison), Viktor Pokhozey (8,5 years in prison), and Vladyslav Shel (18,5 years in prison).

They were found guilty "of abusing the civilian population and using prohibited methods in an armed conflict (Part 1 of Article 356 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation)."

On March 13, 2023, human rights advocates, media workers, volunteers and activists called for the release of Maksym Butkevych, a prisoner of war illegally convicted by the occupiers. The Ukrainian MFA has also called on the international community to condemn the sentence of the POW and human rights advocate Maksym Butkevych. 

In June 2022, human rights activist, journalist, and co-founder of ZMINA human rights center and NGO "Hromadske Radio" Maksym Butkevych has been taken prisoner by the Russians near ​​the captured Zolote and Hirske villages in Luhansk oblast. Russian propagandists announced the capture of Butkevych on June 24, publishing a video of his interrogation.

In September 2022, the Ministry of Defense of Russia confirmed holding human rights activist and Ukrainian Armed Forces soldier Maksym Butkevych as prisoner. He is currently in the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk oblast. 

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