The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office Refuses to Investigate the Illegal Detention and Torture of the Donetsk Resident Nikolay Sidorenko

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


On November 20th the Kramatorsk City Court held a hearing with Nikolay Sidorenko, who is accused under article 260 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Creation of unlawful paramilitary or armed formations).

Nikolay Sidorenko’s case is being continuously monitored by the human rights platform Uspishna Varta.

The court satisfied the motion of the accused and allowed him to be near his lawyer during the hearing. Besides this, during the hearing the court was supposed to listen to the victim over the Internet concerning the case of Sidorenko. However, like the previous court sessions, he didn’t respond.

Despite the fact that the escort during one and a half hours prevented the “Uspishna Varta” human rights activists from entering the courtroom, the coordinator of the human rights platform nevertheless managed to take a comment from Nikolay Sidorenko. The accused noted that the prosecutor’s office still refuses to investigate his illegal detention and the use of torture, despite the existence of all certificates of the disability he acquired.

As the lawyers of “Uspishna Varta” ascertained on Facebook, Sidorenko’s detention by law enforcement bodies was carried out in violation of article 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine and in violation of the requirements of article 3 (Prohibition of torture) – and article 5 (Right to liberty and security) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

As a reminder, on April 21 2017 strangers, having presented themselves as police officers, kidnapped Nikolay Sidorenko from his workplace. From April 21st to April 24th they illegally detained and tortured him (they put a bag on his head, bound his hands with tape, and hit him on his back, head, and legs). After this he wrote a recognition of committing a crime in 2014. Officially the detention was documented as if it took place on April 24th. And from April 25th to this very today he has been in a pre-trial detention center without accusatory judgment and without an alternative.

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