Freelance contributor to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s project “Crimea.Realities”, has been imprisoned for political reasons in Crimea since March 2021.
At the time of the occupation of Crimea, he lived with his family in Sevastopol, and later moved to Kryvyi Rih. In 2016, became a freelance contributor to RFE/RL’s project “Crimea.Realities”, prepared materials on social and environmental situation in Crimea, surveyed Crimeans.
In March 2021, he was arrested by Russian security forces on charges of illegal manufacturing and storing explosives. He was tortured for a long time, and a staged interview was published in which Yesypenko allegedly admits he passed information on to the Security Service of Ukraine. On February 16, 2022, he was sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of RUB 110,000. On August 18, 2022, the “court of appeals” of occupied Simferopol “reduced” his sentence from six to five years in a general regime colony and also reduced the amount of the fine from RUB 110,000 to RUB 105,000. Now the journalist is serving his sentence in a penal facility in the town of Kerch.