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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ukrainian nationalists Karpiuk and Klychu faces life in Chechnya


On Thursday the jury of the Supreme court of the Chechen Republic has recognized Nicholas Karpuk and Stanislav Cliche guilty of creating an illegal armed formation on the basis of UNA-UNSO, in which they took part in the battles for Grozny in late 1994 and early 1995 and killed not less than 30 Russian soldiers. Now Ukrainians face life imprisonment. According to the jury for leniency can only rely Klyh, the sanity which you had previously questioned. The final verdict the court may announce by the end of may.


photo: Mikhail Kovalev

The investigation of crimes involving prohibited in Russia, UNA-UNSO in the First Chechen war, took place from the mid 1990-ies, but Karpyuk and Klyh became involved in the case only in 2013, when a confession has written another Ukrainian Alexander Malofeev. In his wholehearted acceptance, he said that he fought on the side of the militants in the squad “Varyag”, which also included the leader of “Right sector” Dmitry Yarosh, the head of “Svoboda” Oleg Tyagnibok, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who, according to the head of the Russian IC Alexander Bastrykin, was rewarded for the highest order of Dzhokhar Dudayev’s “Honor nation”, as well as Karpyuk with Lihom.

Despite the fact that the news about Yatsenyuk is widely seen as a joke and began to do humorous cartoons on the subject, the case was considered quite serious. The unsuspecting leader of the UNA-UNSO Karpyuk in March 2014 for some its business crossed the Russian border and was immediately arrested by Russian authorities. And the teacher of history of the Kyiv transport and economic College Klyh as unfortunate decided to visit his beloved in the town, which previously met on vacation in Ukrainian Crimea. In the eagle he was detained.

Karpyuk reckoned leadership and participation in a gang (p. 1, 2 of article 209 of the criminal code), murder of the Russian soldiers (part 2 of article 15, item “C, W, h” of article 102 of the RSFSR criminal code) and attempted murder (part 2 of article 15, item “C, W, h” of article 102 of the RSFSR criminal code). Klychu slightly more fortunate: he was among the organizers missed. Both suspects initially pleaded guilty but later recanted his testimony, saying throughout the trial about torture with electricity and threats to kill their families.

One of defendants ‘ attorneys was Ilya Novikov, parallel to defending the “inside woman” Hope Savchenko. Together with his colleagues he decided to build a protection not just for the alibi of Cliche and Karpyuk, one of which in the winter of 1994-95 was a student and attended one of the universities of Kiev, and the other cared for her ailing mother. No less attention was paid to the lawyers personality Malofeeva, the recognition of which was built all the charges.

Literally the fundamental witness was repeatedly judged earlier in the Crimea and articles of Association to commit crimes on the Peninsula, moved to Novosibirsk to his mother. In 2009, Malofeyev along with partner Valentin Aleksutin got to the apartment to the familiar, to Rob it. While looking for money, cut the throat of the hostess and her daughter. For that Malofeyev was sentenced to 23 years in prison of strict regime, and partner in crime for 20 years.. In the same 2009 Malofeyev was found in stage IV HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis.

In 2013, the dying felon described above gave the key testimony in the case, for which, however, was also sentenced to 24.5 years. But in his case it is possible to get at least two life — from prison he will not have time to even go out because of its previous atrocities.

Lawyers Karpyuk and Cliche decided to check, could Malofeev to stipulate their clients. On the court were also read out testimony from his stepfather, who said that his son was never in Chechnya and during the war was in Ukrainian prisons. Despite this, Malofeev himself said that fought in Chechnya in January and February 1997, when “throughout the country there were fights”. As you know, the First Chechen war ended after the signing of the Khasavyurt accords in August 1996.

Without waiting for the final verdict, Novikov has already declared that will appeal to the Supreme court of Russia. According to him, the defense is going to Balk at the expiration of many articles, which are accused Karpyuk and Klyh. In the same way advocates hope that the Ukrainians will return to their homeland in accordance with the same Convention on the transfer of prisoners, according to which home is going Savchenko.

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