Сourt in Сrimea upheld extension of Yesypenko's arrest
The Russian-controlled Supreme Court of Crimea has dismissed an appeal against the extension of the arrest of Radio Liberty journalist Vladislav Yesypenko. The court issued such a decision on May 26. The journalist’s wife Kateryna said it, speaking to “Crimea. Realities” RFE/RL project.
Thus, Vladyslav Yesypenko is to remain in custody at least until July 11, 2021.
According to Kateryna Yesypenko, her husband was not brought to the hearing: he was auditioned via video link.
As IMI reported, on April 30, the Russian-controlled Kyiv District Court of Simferopol extended the arrest of Vladyslav Yesypenko for two months, until July 11.
As IMI reported, on March 10, Russian FSB officers detained Vladislav Yesypenko, a freelancer of Radio Svoboda (Crimea.Realities project), in the occupied Crimea. Yesypenko 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.
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."
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, Vladislav Yesipenko'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.
On April 12, Ladin reported that in the first days after his detention, the FSB had illegally taken saliva from Esipenko for a biological examination.
On April 9, As IMI reported, on April 12, 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..
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.