Ukrainian who serves time in Russia faces bullying upon embracing Islam, – ombudsman

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The penitentiary colony workers threaten Hennadiy Lymeshko saying that after his time in jail is over, he is going to join the military service in Syria because he allegedly “supports ISIS and terrorism”

Hennadiy Lymeshko, the Ukrainian citizen illegally held in Russian penitentiary colony undergoes systematic bullying, as he had previously converted to Islam. Lyudmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian parliamentary ombudsman left the respective post on her Facebook page.

Denisova reiterated that Lymeshko stays in the correction facility No.6 of Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service in Stavropol Krai (southern Russia, – 112 International). 

According to the Ukrainian official, the penitentiary colony workers threaten Lymeshko saying that after his time in jail is over, he is going to join the military service in Syria because he allegedly “supports ISIS and terrorism”.

Besides, the workers take his belongings from him.

Related: Ukrainian Ombudsman addresses Russian one to help Lymeshko, detained in Crimea

Denisova turned to her Russian counterpart Tatyana Moskalkova, asking her to take respective action to see to it that Lymeshko’s rights are restored.

Ukrainian citizen Hennadiy Lymeshko was detained by Russian law enforcers in the occupied Crimea in August 2017. They accused him of illegal production and storage of explosives.