Crimean political prisoner Oleksandr Kostenko is being refused medical care, said his lawyer Dmytro Sotnikov in an interview with Ukrinform.
“About a month ago they asked Oleksandr Kostenko for his agreement to meet the Ukrainian consul. This is very important, since it is the de facto recognition of his Ukrainian citizenship. Now he is waiting for a meeting with the consul, since, as a citizen of Ukraine, he hopes the state will protect him. Due to the lack of medical care, Oleksandr’s hand started to wither,” said Sotnikov.
According to Kostenko, Kostenko had his arm broken, when FSB tortured him in Crimea. The lack of necessary treatment was used as an additional method of torture. After his sentence was passed, he went through surgery, but no rehabilitation followed and medical care was not provided. As a result, his hand started to atrophy.
Also a cassation appeal on Kostenko’s case was considered, with his sentence reduced by 6 months.
“The court decided to exclude the charges on Article 222 § 1 of the Russian Criminal Code, i.e. the acquisition of essential parts of weapons ... and to replace his sentence with a less strict punishment of 40 months of imprisonment. This sentence is 5 months shorter than the one given after the appeal and 8 months shorter than the initial sentence,” wrote Sotnikov of Facebook.
Kostenko was detained by the FSB on February 5, 2015, and charged with assaulting a Berkut officer during the clashes on Maidan and storing weapons. In May 2015 the court sentenced him to 4 years in prison.