Victim: Bessarabov Olesii (05.12.1976)

Full name:
Bessarabov Olesii
Date of birth:
Journalist, deputy editor-in-chief of the Black Sea Security journal, analyst, reserve officer of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, has been imprisoned for political reasons in the Russian Federation since November 2016. Lived in Sevastopol. Prepared publications on security issues and problems of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation in Crimea. Contribured to the Glavred media outlet, published articles in the Sudokhodstvo, Black Sea Security, Dzerkalo Tzhynia media outlets under the pseudonym “Oleksiy Streletsky”. In November 2016, he was detained by Russian security forces and later arrested on trumped-up charges of preparing sabotage at “military and critical infrastructure objects of the peninsula.” He was tortured, being forced to self-incriminate. In April 2019, Bessarabov was sentenced to 14 years in a high-security prison and a fine of RUB 300,000. His appeal was rejected. Now he serves his sentence in a penal colony in Kochubeyevskoye (Stavropol Krai of Russia).

Place of detention: IK -1 Kochubeyevskaya