The Russian-controlled Dzhankoysky District Court sentenced Oleksiy Kiselyov, a reserve officer of the Ukrainian Navy, who was kidnapped by Russian security forces in occupied Genichesk, to eight and a half years in prison on charges of participation in the “Noman Chelebidzhikhan Battalion” and the “naval blockade of Crimea.”
This was reported on February 17 by a correspondent of the human rights initiative “Crimean Process”.
“Judge Liliana Solovieva found the officer guilty and sentenced him to eight and a half years in prison with the first year in prison, and the rest of the term in a strict regime colony,” the report said.
The verdict was issued under Article 208 of the Russian Criminal Code (Organization of an illegal armed formation or participation in it). The defense intends to appeal against this verdict in the court of appeal.
Earlier, the Russian prosecutor’s office requested 10 years in prison for Alexei Kiselev.
On July 30, 2022, it became known that on July 22, in the occupied Genichesk, Russian security forces detained the ex-commander of the reconnaissance ship of the Slavutich Naval Forces of Ukraine Oleksiy Kiselev. After that, according to the military, the Russian security forces tortured him , then they took him to the Crimea and placed him in a pre-trial detention center.
Kiselyov was accused of participating in the “battalion named after Noman Chelebidzhikhan” – part 2 of article 208 of the Criminal Code of Russia. The Russian Supreme Court had previously recognized this formation as a terrorist organization . The sanction of the article, which Aleksey Kiselyov is charged with, provides for punishment of up to 15 years in prison. The founder of the Noman Chelebidzhikhan Battalion, Lenur Islyamov, denies that Aleksey Kiselev was involved in it.
On October 27 last year, Alexei Kiselyov went on a hunger strike . The reason was the absence of a medical examination for two months, despite the detainee’s requests for an examination by a doctor.
At the end of 2022, a Russian court interrogated a “secret” witness with the pseudonym “Petrov”. At the meeting, he claimed that Kiselev took part in the actions on the “sea blockade of Crimea.” However, according to the defense, “Petrov” gave testimony that contradicts the information obtained during the interrogation of witnesses and other case materials.
Source : Крым Реалии