Arrest of Azov-Crimea leader Krasnov prolonged until June 24

 Arrest of Azov-Crimea leader Krasnov prolonged until June 24Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv has extended until June 24 the arrest of head of Azov-Crimea Civil Corps Stanislav Krasnov who is suspected of treason and terrorism.

This decision was announced by Judge Vitaly Tsiktych at the court sitting on Tuesday.

Krasnov was present at the sitting despite having been hospitalized the day before. He made no statements.

On Monday, April 25, the head of Azov-Crimea Civil Corps announced that he was going on a hunger strike demanding a fair trial.

However, Krasnov's lawyer Leonid Sivakov told Interfax-Ukraine the court did not confirm his client's indictment of treason.

"There is no mention of these suspicions in the court ruling. Which means that we are essentially left with two charges – illegal possession of weapons and preparation of a terrorist attack," the lawyer said.

Sivakov also announced his intention to appeal against Tuesday's ruling of the court, since, in his opinion, it was passed with violations of the procedure.

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On February 28, the SBU detained Krasnov and his girlfriend, activist Oksana Shelest, in Kyiv region. The Azov-Crimea chief was placed in custody for 72 hours. He was charged with illegal possession of weapons.

The SBU said Krasnov had been collaborating with Russia since 2014 and that he handed over to his Russian supervisor lists of members of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Azov regiment. In addition, the SBU said that it found a cache of weapons in Kyiv region, presumably placed there by Krasnov.

Meanwhile the activist's defense team said that security services officers beat Krasnov up. During the court sessions to elect a preventive measure for him, the activist was hospitalized at a request of doctors, who said he was suffering from a hypertensive crisis, concussion and closed head injury.

On March 2 Krasnov was released from prison because the 72-hour detention period expired.

On March 3, the SBU said that Krasnov is suspected of involvement in terrorism and treason.

In late March, Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv changed the conditions of pre-trial confinement for Krasnov from house arrest to custody.
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