The international human rights organization Amnesty International named the 63-year-old scholar Ihor Kozlovsky, who was illegally convicted in the “DPR”, "a prisoner of conscience", Radio Svoboda reports.
Human rights activists believe that he was imprisoned on a far-fetched and absurd charge.
“If the outcome were not so serious, it would be laughable that the de facto prosecution presented the court with two metal pipes as “evidence” that Kozlovsky was keeping weapons in his home. But it is outrageous that this renowned former academic will spend time behind bars as a prisoner of conscience,” said Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International.
According to him, the organization demands the immediate release of Kozlovsky. Human rights activists are sure that Kozlovsky's only "guilt" is that he did not hide his opposition views in Donetsk.
“This clearly transpired as soon as the “judge” described him as “an especially untrustworthy citizen” on account of some of his past contacts with Ukrainian patriots. This sham trial by unrecognized authorities cannot stand and he must be released immediately and unconditionally”, - he added.