CrimeaSOS: the occupiers use transfer to penalty isolator as a method of punishing political prisoners

29 / 05 / 2023

Occupiers use transfer to penalty isolators as a method of punishing political prisoners for disloyalty to the prison administration. CrimeaSOS analyst Yevhenii Yaroshenko told about this in the “Crimean Issue” program to Suspilne Crimea.

“Transfer to a penalty isolator is very often considered a form of punishment, not for any violation of the order of serving the sentence, but for disloyalty to the prison administration or to those law enforcement agencies (such as the FSB) that led to the imprisonment of these persons”, — Yevhenii Yaroshenko said.

For example, the person involved in the first Simferopol “Hizb-ut-Tahrir case” Teimur Abdullaiev has been in the penalty isolator of the correctional colony in the city of Salavat (Bashkyria, russian federation) for more than 750 days. According to available data, he is being held in the penalty isolator due to his refusal to cooperate with the administration of the correctional colony. In 2016, Teimur Abdullaiev was arrested, and in 2019 he was sentenced to 16.5 years in prison.

Publicity and attention of Ukrainian and international society can achieve more humane treatment of political prisoners. The inhumane treatment of prisoners should become a reason for constant pressure on the russian federation as an occupying state. In particular, we mean personal sanctions against all those involved in human rights violations and sectoral sanctions against critical sectors of the economy of the aggressor state.

“Attention to high-profile cases will help at least to achieve a more humane treatment of these people. It is very important that the Ukrainian authorities, human rights defenders, and international partners of Ukraine act with one voice so that the fate of illegally detained Ukrainian citizens would be constantly on the agenda”, – the analyst added.

Thus, according to the citizen journalist and former political prisoner Nariman Memedeminov, it was the publicity from European journalists that helped him avoid torture in the cells of the pre-trial detention centre.


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