The UN demands from the Russian Federation information on the detained journalist Yesipenko

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15:16, 11 June
The UN demands from the Russian Federation information on the detained journalist Yesipenko
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The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights sent a letter to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urging him to provide information on the detention and torture of Radio Liberty journalist Vladislav Yesipenko.

This was reported by Radio Liberty.

"We express our deepest concern over the arrest, detention, possible torture and criminal charges against Yesipenko, which appear to have been created through his journalistic activities. - it is said in the letter.

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UN rapporteurs are asking Russia to provide information on Yesipenko's arrest and detention.

"Please provide details and, where possible, the results of any investigation and judicial or other investigations that may or may not have been carried out into allegations of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment that could have been inflicted on Esipenko, ”the letter stressed.

What is known

  • Vladislav Yesipenko is accused by the occupiers of illegal manufacture, processing or repair of firearms (Part 1 of Article 223.1 of the Criminal Code) and illegal manufacture of ammunition.
  • On May 30, by the decision of the Kyiv District Court of Simferopol, he extended the precautionary measure in the form of detention in a pre-trial detention centre until July 11, 2021.
  • The occupation court also rejected an appeal to extend the arrest of journalist Yesipenko.
  • The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has opened criminal proceedings on the fact of illegal imprisonment of a Ukrainian journalist on the occupied semi-island.
  • Yesipenko's wife made a statement on Press Freedom Day. She stressed that she was "ready to repeat a million times that journalism is not a crime" and that she intends to fight for her husband's return.