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Ukraine: Further information on death penalty: Fears of continuing executions despite announced moratorium; and new name: Sergey Nikolaevich Dragunov, aged 21

, Index number: EUR 50/019/1995

Despite the fact that Ukraine, by having joined the Council of Europe, has committed itself to an immediate moratorium on executions, there are fears that the authorities may be continuing to execute prisoners on death row. Sergey Nikolaevich Dragunov was sentenced to death for premeditated murder by the Donetsk Regional Court on 29 March 1995 and may be facing imminent execution.

EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 50/19/95
5 December 1995
Further information on EXTRA 124/95 (EUR 50/17/95, 24 October 1995) - Death
Penalty
UKRAINE Fears of continuing executions despite announced moratorium
new name: Sergey Nikolaevich DRAGUNOV, aged 21
(______ __________ ________ in Russian)
Despite the fact that Ukraine, by having joined the Council of Europe, has
committed itself to an immediate moratorium on executions, there are fears
that the Ukrainian authorities may be continuing to execute prisoners on death
row. Amnesty International has learned of another such individual, Sergey
Nikolaevich Dragunov, who may be facing imminent execution unless his death
sentence is commuted by President Leonid Kuchma.
Ukraine became a member of the Council of Europe on 9 November 1995. At the
ceremony in Strasbourg, the Ukrainian foreign minister, Gennady Udovenko,
signed the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental
Freedoms (European Convention on Human Rights). As a member of the Council
of Europe, Ukraine has committed itself to impose an immediate moratorium on
executions and to abolish the death penalty within three years.
However, Amnesty International remains extremely concerned that executions
may be continuing in Ukraine. The organization is seeking an absolute and
unequivocal assurance from the Ukrainian government that no more death sentences
will be carried out until the death penalty is abolished, and that all relevant
government and judicial bodies will be informed that a moratorium is in force.
Amnesty International has yet to receive a satisfactory response to its earlier
appeals following the reported claim on 18 October by Grigory Vorsinov, the
General Procurator of Ukraine, that executions were continuing.
A meeting of Ukrainian Government representatives with members of the Committee
of Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe is scheduled for
11 December 1995. This is the first meeting to review Ukraine's commitments
given to the Council of Europe since Ukraine became a member of the Council
of Europe.
The case of Sergey Dragunov is the latest to have come to Amnesty International's
attention. Accused of being an accomplice in the killing of a taxi driver
on 29 October 1993, Sergey Dragunov was sentenced to death for premeditated
murder (Article 93 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code) by the Donetsk Regional
Court on 29 March 1995. His appeal was turned down by the Ukrainian Supreme
Court on 8 June.
Urgent Action participants are also currently appealing on the cases of Zaur
Zilfugarov and Danilo Krasnov, sentenced to death in early 1994 for murder.
Amnesty International fears that the two may also be facing imminent execution
(see further information on UA 424/94, EUR 50/18/95, 30 November 1995).
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail
letters either in Russian, English 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;
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- expressing serious concern that Sergey Nikolaevich Dragunov may be facing
imminent execution despite the moratorium;
- urging the Ukrainian authorities to ensure that his and all executions are
immediately stopped, and that all local authorities are aware that a moratorium
on executions is in force;
- urging the Ukrainian authorities to commute all pending death sentences.
APPEALS TO:
President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma
Ukraina
252601 Kiev
ul. Bankovaya, 7
Prezidentu Ukrainy Kuchma L.
Faxes: (380 44) 291 61 61
Telegrams: Ukraina, Kiev, Prezidentu Kuchma
Salutation: Dear President
Minister of Justice of Ukraine, Serhiy Holovatiy
Ukraina
252030 g. Kiev
Ul. Kotsyubinskogo, d.12
Ministerstvo yustitsii Ukrainy
Ministru HOLOVATOMU S.
Telegrams: Ukraina, Kiev, Ministru Yustitisii
Salutation: Dear Minister
Procurator General of Ukraine, Grigory Vorsinov
Ukraina
252601 g. Kiev II
ul. Reznitskaya, 13/15
Prokuratura Ukriany
Generalnomu Prokuroru Vorsinovu.G
Faxes: (380 44) 290 26 03
Telegrams: Ukraina, Kiev, Prokuroru Vorsinovu
Salutation: Dear Procurator General
COPIES TO:
Copies to the Council of Europe would be particularly useful before the meeting
on 11 December 1995 (but can also be sent afterwards)
Council of Europe
Members of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
Council of Europe
F - 67075 Strasbourg Cedex
FRANCE
Faxes: +33 88 41 27 81
Minister of the Interior, Ukraine, Yuri Kravchenko
Ukraina
252024 g. Kiev
ul. Bogomoltsa, 10
Ministerstvo vnutrennikh del Ukrainy
Ministru KRAVCHENKO Yu.
Faxes: (380 44) 220 19 05
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Acting Prime Minister of Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers, Yevhen Marchuk.
Ukraina
G. Kiev
Ul, M. Gruchevskogo, 23
Kabinet Ministrov Ukrainy
I.o Premyer-ministra Marchuk Ye.
Procurator of Dnepropetrovsk Region (copies of your letters to the
Procurator-General)
Ukraina
320001 Dnepropetrovsk
Oblastnaya Prokuratora, Prokuroru
and to diplomatic representatives of Ukraine accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
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