In Ukraine, the head of the “self-defense of Crimea” Armen Martoyan (Samvel) will be tried in absentia

“According to the investigation, the accused is involved in a number of kidnappings and torture of citizens of Ukraine. Thus, on March 11, 2014, a “self-defender” illegally detained and inflicted bodily injuries on Euromaidan Crimea activists, as well as a group of journalists who objectively covered the events of the occupation. Later, in March 2014, the “company commander”, together with his subordinates, committed hooligan actions with the use of physical force against the then deputy of the Odessa Regional Council, and now the People’s Deputy of Ukraine,” the report says.

The actions of the accused are qualified under Part 1 of Art. 438 (violation of the laws and customs of war), part 4 of Art. 260 (participation in illegal armed groups) part 1 of article 111 (state treason), part 2 of art. 110 (encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine) and Part 2 of Art. 296 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

In September 2019, during the “elections” that Russia illegally organized in the occupied Crimea, Armen Martoyan was elected as an MP “State Council of Crimea” from the party “United Russia”. He is an adviser to the apparatus under the leadership of the management apparatus of the Chernomorneftegaz enterprise, created on the basis of the State JSC Chernomorneftegaz, stolen from Ukraine during the occupation of Crimea by Russia.

In 2020, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Azerbaijan filed a criminal case in relation to the company commander of the so-called “self-defense of Crimea”, and now the deputy of the “State Council of Crimea” Armen Martoyan (Samvel), who led the “Union of Crimean Volunteers” group that fought against Azerbaijan in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. In 2017, Ukrainian law enforcers put Martoyan on the international wanted list, he is suspected of committing six crimes, including the kidnapping and torture of Ukrainian citizens, the creation and leadership of an illegal military formation on the territory of the occupied Crimea.


  • On March 9, 2014, members of the “self-defense of Crimea” kidnapped the leaders of the protest movement “Euromaidan-Crimea” Andrei Shchekun and Anatoly Kovalsky. They spent 11 days in captivity, where they said they were tortured.
  • In October 2017, Armen Martoyan, the head of the self-defense company of Crimea, suspected of inflicting bodily harm and kidnapping of citizens of Ukraine was put on the international wanted list.
  • In June 2018 Department of the National Police of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol reported a suspicion Armen Martoyan (Samvel) in the kidnapping of Euromaidan activists Andrei Shchekun and Anatoly Kovalsky. Earlier, Martoyan was informed about the suspicion: of causing bodily harm to people’s deputy Oleksiy Goncharenko (part 4 of article 296 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine); in the kidnapping and torture of the Kyiv businessman Gennady Balashov (Part 2, Article 146 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine); in the kidnapping of journalist Osman Pashaev (Part 2 of Article 146 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine); in the creation and leadership of the illegal armed group “Self-defense of Crimea” (part 5. article 260 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

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