Ukrainian sailors have no complaints against detention conditions – ombudsman
MOSCOW, January 24 (RAPSI) - Moscow’s human rights commissioner Tatyana Potyayeva visited Ukrainian sailors charged with illegal crossing of Russian borders in Lefortovo detention center and found that they did not have complaints against jail conditions, according to a statement published on the website of the country’s federal ombudsman on Thursday.
According to Potyayeva, all sailors have been placed in two-man cells; they have TV sets, refrigerators and no lack of food. She also mentioned that there no conflicts between jailmates.
Earlier this week, Potyayeva visited three sailors, who had received injuries during arrest, in the detention center Matrosskaya Tishina. She mentioned that health condition of three detainees became noticeably better; one of them is still receiving needed treatment and recovery procedures.
On November 25, Russian border guard officers had to engage a weapon to stop unwarranted maneuvers of three Ukrainian ships in Russia’s territorial waters in the area of Kerch Strait. The ships were seized while 24 crew members were arrested. Three sailors were wounded.
Simferopol and Kerch courts ruled the sailors be detained. On November 30, all of them were transferred to Moscow.
Russia’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova said in December that the sailors’ rights were not violated. Their rights to a procedure and confinement conditions as well as rights to medical care are observed as required by international and Russian laws, Moskalkova told journalists.