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Ukraine: further information on: death penalty: fears of continuing executions despite announced moratorium

, Index number: EUR 50/003/1996

Sergey Nikolaevich Dragunov, aged 21: and new name: Anatoly Nikolaevich Skiby, aged 25: new names: Sergey Gennadiyevich Tekuchev, aged 27, Maksim Georgiyevich Artsyuk: AI is alarmed that two more men sentenced to death in Ukraine may be facing imminent execution unless their sentences are commuted by the President of the Ukraine.

EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 50/03/96
26 February 1996
Further information on EXTRA 124/95 (EUR 50/17/95, 24 October 1995) and
follow-up (EUR 50/19/95, 5 December and EUR 50/02/96, 2 February 1996) - Death
UKRAINEFears of continuing executions despite announced moratorium
Sergey Nikolayevich DRAGUNOV, aged 21
Anatoly Nikolayevich SKIBY, aged 25
new names: Sergey Gennadiyevich TEKUCHEV, aged 27
Maksim Georgiyevich ARTSYUK
Amnesty International is alarmed that two more men sentenced to death in Ukraine,
Sergey Gennadiyevich Tekuchev and Maksim Georgiyevich Artsyuk, may be facing
imminent execution unless their sentences are commuted by the President of
Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma. This is despite the fact that Ukraine, by having joined
the Council of Europe, has committed itself to an immediate moratorium on
Sergey Tekuchev's appeal against his death sentence is believed to have been
turned down by the Supreme Court of Ukraine in early 1996, exact date not known.
He was sentenced to death for premeditated aggravated murder (Article 93 of
the Ukrainian Criminal Code) by Sevastopol City Court on 11 September 1995.
His relatives allege that Sergey Tekuchev's confession was obtained under
duress and that he did not commit the murder he has been charged with. There
are claims that the emergency services were called six times in October 1994
to treat Sergey Tekuchev for injuries resulting from beatings in custody and
that the prison authorities refused to pass medication from his relatives to
Sergey Tekuchev.
Maksim Artsyuk was sentenced to death for premeditated aggravated murder by
the Supreme Court of the Crimean Republic, Ukraine (date unknown). It is
believed that his appeal against his death sentence was turned down by the
Supreme Court of Ukraine. His family allege that his "confession" was obtained
under duress, and that he was subjected to mock executions in detention.
Amnesty International is extremely concerned by the ambiguity in Ukraine's
position on the introduction of a moratorium on executions. Despite official
commitments to the Council of Europe to impose such a moratorium from 9 November
1995, the day of accession to the Council of Europe, Ukrainian authorities
are not believed to have informed local officials and bodies that a moratorium
is in force. Amnesty International's concern that this situation leaves
individuals on death row at risk of execution has been heightened by reports
that executions may be continuing.
Since this ambiguity surrounding the moratorium in Ukraine began, it has become
increasingly difficult to obtain information about the use of the death penalty
there. Hence Amnesty International has been unable to establish whether or
not Sergey Nikolayevich Dragunov or Anatoly Nikolayevich Skiby have been
executed. Families of those on death row continue not to be informed promptly
of the fate of their relatives.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail
letters in English, Russian, Ukrainian or in your own language:
- urging the Ukrainian authorities to ensure that, as a member of the Council
of Europe, they fully respect all commitments undertaken to impose an immediate
moratorium on executions, and to abolish the death penalty within three years;
- expressing serious concern that Sergey Tekuchev and Maksim Artsyuk and may
face imminent execution despite the moratorium;
- urging President Kuchma to grant them clemency and to commute their death
sentences, and all others that come before him;
- calling for an investigation into allegations of ill-treatment in detention
of Sergey Tekuchev and Maksim Artsyuk;
- reiterating concern for Sergey Nikolayevich Dragunov and Anatoly Nikolayevich
Skiby and seeking clarification on their cases.
President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma
252601 Kiev
ul. Bankovaya, 7
Prezidentu Ukrainy KUCHMA L.
Faxes: +380 44 291 61 61
Telegrams: Ukraina, Kiev, Prezidentu Kuchma
Salutation: Dear President
Procurator General of Ukraine, Grigory Vorsinov
252601 g. Kiev II
ul. Reznitskaya, 13/15
Prokuratura Ukrainy
Generalnomu prokuroru VORSINOVU G.
Faxes: +380 44 290 26 03
Telegrams: Ukraina, Kiev, Prokuroru Vorsinovu
Salutation: Dear Procurator General
Minister of Justice, Serhiy Holovatiy
252030 g. Kiev
ul. Kotsyubinskogo, d. 12
Ministerstvo yustitsii Ukrainy
Telegrams: Ukraina, Kiev, Ministry yustitsii
Salutation: Dear Minister
Chairman of the Presidential Clemency Commission, Pyotr Andreychenko
252220 g. Kiev
ul. Bankovaya, 7
Kommissiya po voprosam pomilovaniya pri Prezidenta
Predsedatelyu Andreychenko P.
Faxes: +380 44 291 61 61
Chairman of the Sevastopol City Court, name not known
Respublika Krym
g. Sevastopol
Gorodskoy Sud
and to diplomatic representatives of Ukraine accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 5 April 1996.

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