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The Tribunal for Putin (T4P) global initiative was set up in response to the all-out war launched by Russia against Ukraine in February 2022.

Fears rising over fate of two refugees wanted by Russia


Kyiv Post journalist Svitlana Tuchynska writes that although international law forbids Ukraine from sending them back, one has disappeared from a Kyiv detention center while the other was so severely beaten in custody he slipped into a coma. 

One of the detainees, a former taxi driver from Ingushetia in Russia’s North Caucasus region, Magomet Nalgiev, spent 14 months in Kyiv’s Lukyanivske pre-trial detention center. Wanted in Russia, he is not accused of any crime in Ukraine and has been recognized as a refugee by Finland.

Nalgiev disappeared almost two weeks ago and, according to diplomatic sources, is now in Kharkiv, a usual stop for detainees being extradited to Russia

Ethnic Chechen Umar Abuyev also fears extradition to Russia.

On Aug. 3, he was severely beaten in the Lukyanivske pre-trial detention center. His lawyer, Oleh Levytskyy is worried he could be sent back to Russia, despite a ruling by the European Human Rights Court banning Ukraine from extraditing him. 

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Photo of Oleh Levytskyy © Ganna Bernyk

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