Five Ukrainian political prisoners have been transferred to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center in Moscow from the penal colonies where they serve sentence, as Ukrinform reported with reference to Mediazona.
According to the human rights activist, Stanislav Klykh, Mykola Karpiuk, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Volodymyr Balukh and Roman Sushchenko now stay in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center in Moscow. The human rights activists learnt this from head of the regime and security department Aleksandr Khanov. However, the public monitoring commission members have not received any documents.
"For some reason, they said that [Pavlo] Hryb was not there. They did not check in the database, just the employee [Khanov] who accompanied us said that he did not remember him and that he was probably not there,” Yenikeyev added.
When members of the public monitoring commission started to ask about Ukrainians, they were told that they [Ukrainians] had refused to communicate with anyone. Then the jailers said that a water supply accident had happened in the detention center and asked to come the next day, Yenikeyev said.
On August 20, activist Viktoria Ivleva said that the employees of the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center in Moscow had accepted the packages for Ukrainian political prisoners Balukh, Klykh, Kolchenko, Hryb and Karpiuk. The lawyers of Ukrainians declined to comment. The next day, she stated that the packages for Roman Sushchenko and Oleksiy Sizonovych were accepted.
Various sources in the Russian Federation report that these facts may testify to the future large-scale prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine.
Ukrinform's Paris-based correspondent Roman Sushchenko was illegally detained on September 30, 2016 in Moscow, where he arrived on a private trip. On October 7, 2016, he was charged with "espionage." Russia's FSB claimed that Sushchenko is a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The latter denied this allegation.
On June 4, 2018, the Moscow City Court sentenced Sushchenko to 12 years in a high-security penal colony. The Supreme Court of Russia upheld the verdict on September 12.
On November 7, 2018, the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) informed Ukraine's Embassy in Moscow that Sushchenko had been transferred to Penal Colony No. 11 of the FSIN directorate in Kirov region (the town of Kirovo-Chepetsk, the village of Utrobino).
On August 8, 2019, it became known that Sushchenko signed the documents on consent to serve his sentence in Ukraine.