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Yesypenko remanded in custody until March 18th

14.01.2022, 21:00

Vladyslav Yesypenko, correspondent for RFE/RL in Crimea remanded in custody until March 18th,by the decisionof the Supreme Court of Crimea, controlled by Russia. This was confirmed by Yesypenko’s wife Kateryna, as Krym.Realii (RFE/RL peroject) reported.

Judge Alla Ovchinnikova rejected the defense's appeal against the decision of the Russian Simferopol District Court of December 13, 2021. Judge Dlyaver Berberov then extended Yesipenko's arrest for three months.

On December 21, 2021, the hearing in the criminal case against Esipenko was postponed for a month.

As IMI reported, on December 13, the Simferopol District Court  extended the arrest of Vladyslav Yesypenko until March 18.

On July 6, the Occupation Court in Simferopol  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 Vladyslav 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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