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Sentsov made public Yesypenko’s letter asking to help Crimean prisoners

12.11.2021, 13:35
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A former political prisoner, director Oleg Sentsov made public on November 11 of the letter that received from Vladyslav Yesypenko who is arrested in occupied Crimea, as Radio Liberty reported.

“When you receive such a letter, this is impossible to describe how do you feel in your heart. You know exactly, how Vlad and other Ukrainian political prisoners do, you feel their hope, but you don't know what to do  to help him, although you try to do all in your power, ” Sentsov commented.

He noted that at Yesipenko's request he published an excerpt from the letter addressed to the public.

In his address, Vladyslav Yesypenko said that he had met several residents of the occupied Crimea who had been imprisoned by the Russian authorities in the pre-trial detention center.

As Yesypenko told, they had been tortured, had health problems, some of them had been transferred to Russia. One of the prisoners Yesypenko mentioned, was a retired colonel of the Armed Forces.

"Many of them are little or not known in Ukraine," Yesypenko said. He hopes that publicity will speed up the release of Crimean residents put in jail in Russia.


On July 6, the Simferopol Occupation Court extended Vladyslav Yesypenko's arrest until December 18.

As IMI reported, on July 15, in the Russian-controlled Simferopol District Court, a Russian prosecutor issued an indictment in the case of journalist for Radio Liberty Vladyslav Yesypenko. He is charged under Articles 223-1 (illegal manufacture of explosives, processing or repair of explosive devices) and 222.1 (illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of weapons, their main parts, ammunition) of the Criminal Code of Russia. 

Sanctions under both articles include up to 12 years in prison. The maximum term of imprisonment under a combination of two articles is 18 years of imprisonment.

On July 6, the Simferopol Occupation Court extended Vladyslav Yesypenko's arrest until January 18. Yesypenko fainted that day as he was being transported from the court building to a pre-trial detention center.

On 5 May, a new charge was brought against Vladyslav Yesypenko. His wife Kateryna Yesypenko said Vladyslav was accused additionally of an illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, or carrying of weapons and ammunition (Art. 222 of the Criminal Code).

As IMI reported, on April 13, Vladyslav Yesypenko's lawyer Oleksiy Ladin said that his client was threatened with murder by a FSB officer if he withheld his previous testimony he made under torture.

As IMI reported, on April 6, Vladyslav Yesypenko said that FSB investigators had tortured him.

As IMI reported, on March 10, Russian FSB officers detained Vladislav Yesypenko in the occupied Crimea. Yesypenko took part in the action dedicated to Taras Shevchenko's anniversary, which took place in Simferopol on March 9. 

Vladyslav Yesypenko 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."

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