‘Court’ in Crimea extends arrest of journalist Yesypenko for two months

‘Court’ in Crimea extends arrest of journalist Yesypenko for two months

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The Kyivsky District “Court” in Simferopol extended the arrest of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s freelance journalist Vladyslav Yesypenko for two months.

"Today, investigator Vlasov appeared in court with a request to extend a pre-trial restriction in the form of detention in a pre-trial detention center. The investigator almost literally rewrote the previous motion, the wording is the same: [Yesypenko] has a passport of a citizen of Ukraine, can hide from the investigation and influence witnesses. The ‘court’ granted the investigator's motion and extended the pre-trial restriction in the form of detention in a pre-trial detention center until July 11," said lawyer Oleksiy Ladin, the Crimea. Realities portal informed on April 30.

According to the lawyer, Yesypenko asked to be guided by the international law in his case, in particular, the Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.

As reported, Vladyslav Yesypenko, a freelance journalist of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Crimea. Realities project), covered social and ecological topics. He was detained by the Russian FSB in Crimea on March 10, 2021, on charges of gathering information "in the interests of the secret services of Ukraine" and storing a "self-made explosive device".

Independent lawyers were not allowed to visit the detainee for 27 days. At the same time, the Russian state TV channel Krym 24 showed an interview with him: on a video recording, Vladyslav Yesypenko confirmed that he had been filming for the Crimea. Realities project on the peninsula and also said that he allegedly duplicated the video footage for the Ukrainian secret services.

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