Similar articles

Crimean prisoners illegally taken to Russia and ‘retried’Prisoners trapped in the area under militant controlWhat will become of prison colonies in the military zone?Alert over prisoners trapped by the fightingRussia jeopardizes life of Crimean Tatar veteran activist imprisoned for defending political prisoners Russia lavishly pays Wagner Unit mercenaries to bomb and kill Ukrainians Russian medics acknowledge that 60-year-old Crimean Tatar political prisoner’s life is in danger ECHR rules too late against Russia’s notorious ‘foreign agent’ law and hardly moves over violations in occupied Crimea Russia kills refugee in occupied Crimea, then ‘puts him on trial’"Death sentences’ of British & Moroccan POWs in occupied Donbas show clearly why Russia must be driven out of all of Ukraine Ukrainian POWs endure horrific torture by Russian captors Prosecution witnesses confirm testimony’ against Crimean Tatar leader Nariman Dzhelyal was obtained through tortureRussia imprisons three lawyers amid mounting repression in occupied Crimea and newly seized Ukrainian citiesRussia carries out multiple arrests of Crimean Tatar lawyers representing victims of repression in occupied Crimea Russia extends terror and abductions from occupied Crimea and Donbas to all of Ukraine Russia uses abducted Ukrainians for propaganda video claiming Ukraine is bombing ‘liberated’ MelitopolUkrainian POWs and abducted civilian hostages illegally imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea Prohibited remembrance of Crimean Tatar genocide and mounting terror in Russian occupied Crimea Russia re-arrests the only Crimean Tatar political prisoner it ever acquitted Monstrous sentences in Russia’s war against Crimean Tatar civic activists and their children

Crimean occupation regime changes prisoners’ sentences


Convicted prisoners in the Crimea are having their sentences forcibly re-qualified under Russian legislation.  This will likely result in many Ukrainian prisoners losing their chance to release under amnesty.

According to Volodymyr Starenky, head of Ukraine’s State Penitentiary Service, there are around 2 thousand prisoners serving sentences imposed by Ukrainian courts. He says that there are among them people “who wish to return to Ukraine and don’t want to accept the Russian citizenship being foisted on them”.

Starenky asserts that these prisoners in fact fall under the force of the 2014 amnesty law but are not being informed of this. They are having their convictions forcibly reformulated under Russian legislation which is in breach of all international norms.

“We have held a joint working meeting with the Deputy Prosecutor General in charge of these issues, with the Ombudsperson and representatives of the Foreign Ministry.  A certain mechanism has been developed for contacting these prisoners and I hope that we will be able to achieve this in the near future.”

The 2014 amnesty law was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on April 8 and proposes to amnesty those convicted between 2010 and 2014 of crimes not connected with violence.


 Share this