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Press conference on new details in Vladyslav Yesypenko's case to be held in Kyiv

23.08.2022, 11:21
Vladyslav Yesypenko in Crimean "Supreme Court," May 26, 2022. Photo by Graty
Vladyslav Yesypenko in Crimean "Supreme Court," May 26, 2022. Photo by Graty

On August 23, in Kyiv, Ukrinform news agency will hold a press conference on new details in the case of Krym.Realii freelancer Vladyslav Yesypenko, convicted in Crimea.

At the event (scheduled for 11:00 a.m.), new details and the course of Yesypenko's case, as well as the convicted journalist's well-being, will be discussed, Krym.Realii reports.

The press conference is scheduled to feature the following:

  • Kateryna Yesypenko, wife of political prisoner Vladyslav Yesypenko;
  • Volodymyr Chekryhin, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Crimean Human Rights Group;
  • Volodymyr Prytula, head of the Krym.Realii project;
  • Denys Chystikov, Deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea;
  • Vitaly Portnikov, publicist, author, PEN Ukraine member, ambassador of the Vladyslav Yesypenko liberation campaign (online participation).

The press conference will be moderated by the head of the ZMINA Human Rights Center Tetyana Pechonchyk.

As IMI reported, on August 18, the russia-controlled Supreme Court of Crimea reduced Vladyslav Yesypenko's sentence from six to five years in a general regime colony. The journalist's defense is going to contest this ruling in cassation and request parole for Yesypenko in half a year. Yesypenko will also have to pay a fine of 110,000 russian rubles.

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.

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