Convict Skidan: Ukrainian security forces made up cases against the wives of militiamen from the DPR
MARIUPOL, 2 December – RIA Novosti. Ukrainian security forces fabricated criminal cases against women to blackmail and capture their husbands, who had joined the Donbass militia.
“In October 2015, I was detained by the OBOP (Organized Anti-Crime Department – ed.) of the Ukrainian city of Krasnoarmeysk … My husband is a civilian, we have two children, we are not registered, he fought in the militia from the very beginning,” he said.
According to Skidan, her husband Aleksey served alternately at the Donetsk airport: 10 days in positions, 10 days of rest, during which the militia was deployed in the old building of the SBU in Donetsk.
“I went to the SBU to Lesha, I went to my birthday, we took a photo with them (militia – ed.) on the background of the Russian flag DPR, and he posted it on the Internet,” Skidan said.
After that, Evgenia, who lived in the Kiev-controlled part of the DPR territory, was accused of transferring weapons and drugs to her “accomplice”, whom she had never seen. “Allegedly, my accomplice, who was my only witness at the trial, said that I gave him a gun… I only saw it all in the photograph,” he said.
According to Skidan, Ukrainian security forces said she would face between 8 and 15 years in prison, but if her common-law husband comes to Ukraine within two years, the sentence will be commuted – probation from two to three years – a year delay. Skidan claims that the court sentenced the woman to a suspended sentence as promised by the Ukrainian side, but managed to warn her common-law husband of possible provocations when she was released home after initial interrogations.
“I called Lesha, I said that under any pretext they wanted to see you here … They called her son to come to her. I warned him and we no longer communicated,” he said. She said she spent eight years in prison for a crime article.