A 71-year-old Ukrainian died in December in Russia while awaiting trial for espionage and other crimes, the Russian human rights organization “Memorial” reported on Sunday with reference to court documents, News.ro writes with reference to Reuters.

Prison in RussiaPhoto: Oleksiy Malhavko / WillWest News / Profimedia

Several Ukrainian citizens have been accused of spying for Russia since the invasion of Ukraine began almost two years ago.

“Memorial” stated that there is little information about Viktor Demchenko, who probably died in the pre-trial detention center of the Rostov region (south).

His case was transferred to a military court in the city of Rostov-on-Don in August.

The Russian news agency TASS reported that after the defendant’s death, the court closed the case against Demchenko, who was also accused of participating in a “terrorist group” and illegally possessing weapons and ammunition.

TASS, with reference to law enforcement officers, reports that he died on December 31 from the effects of an earlier stroke.

It is not clear why information about Demchenko’s death appeared several weeks late, Reuters notes.


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