The Main Investigation Department of the Russian Investigative Committee for the North Caucasian Federal District has rejected the request by a consul of the Ukrainian Consulate General in Rostov-on-Don to meet with Ukrainian citizens Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh, who are held in Russia. It is a gross violation of the human rights of Ukrainian citizens, as well as the right of consular officers to unimpeded access to Ukrainians, and the actual blocking of the possibility of providing protection to Ukrainian citizens.
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis said this in his comment on December 30, the Foreign Ministry’s press service reported.
“The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry demands that the Russian side immediately provide information about the place of detention of M. Karpiuk and S. Klykh and ensure unhindered access of Ukrainian consular officers to Ukrainian citizens at the place of their detention, and that that the practice of torture to them be stopped,” he said.
According to the report, the Russian side’s preventing Ukrainian consular officers from establishing contact with the detained Ukrainian citizens raises deep concern against the background of statements made by Oleh Sentsov, Serhiy Lytvynov and other Ukrainian citizens detained in Russia that torture and physical abuse were used with respect to them during the investigation in order to extract confessions. This is a gross violation of the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, reads the report.