Oleksiy Stohniy


sold computer parts and stationary in Sevastopol. He graduated from the Nakhimov Sevastopol Naval Institute, majoring in radio engineering, later serving in the military on board the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy, the frigate “Hetman Sahaidachny.”


Emil Kurbedinov


illegal storage and production of weapons (P. 1 Art. 222, P. 1 Art. 223 of Russia’s Criminal Code)
preparing sabotage (Art. 30, “а” P. 2 Art. 281 of Russia’s Criminal Code) — charges were dropped

Date of detention:



3.5 years in prison. Released at the end of January 2020.


According to Oleksiy’s wife Oksana Stohniy, her husband was detained in the night of 14-15 November 2016 not in Sevastopol, as the FSB says, but at the Russian “border post” next to the Kalanchak checkpoint between the border with occupied Crimea and mainland Ukraine, as he was heading to Kyiv to celebrate his daughter’s birthday.

Here is an account of the arrest of Oleksiy Stohniy by Halya Coynash.

“Stohniy is one of five (or six) men arrested as part of the FSB’s second attempt at a ‘Ukrainian Crimean saboteur plot’ in November 2016.

On Nov 9,  two well-known academics – Dmytro Shtyblikov and Oleksiy Bessarabov – were arrested in Sevastopol together with a retired Ukrainian military officer Volodymyr Dudka.  The FSB claimed that they were “members of a sabotage – terrorist group of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Central Intelligence Department” who were planning acts of sabotage on military and other infrastructure”. Two younger men  – Oleksiy Stohniy and Hlib Shabliy were arrested, or so the FSB claimed, 10 days later, with this followed on Nov 24 by the arrest of Leonid Parkhomenko, a long-retired Black Sea Fleet captain.

The news of Stohniy and Shabliy’s arrest came on Nov 20, from a feature on Rossiya 24, entitled ‘The latest failure by Ukrainian intelligence: saboteurs failed to harm Crimea”  Stohniy is claimed to be an officer of Ukraine’s Military Intelligence [HUR], while Shabliy is referred to as a Ukrainian officer, a Rank 2 captain in the Ukrainian Fleet.  Stohniy is said to work in a shop selling toys and office supplies, and Shabliy is also described as a businessman, with it claimed that in both cases the men’s jobs were ‘cover’ for their actual activities working for Ukrainian intelligence. The video in Stohniy’s case purported to show his arrest and also presented him supposedly confessing to spying on behalf of Ukraine.”

In July 2017, the Kremlin-controlled “Kyiv rayon court of Simferopol” sentenced Stohniy to 3 years and 6 months in prison. The sentence was made on the basis of the articles of the Russian Criminal Code on “illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of weapons and ammunition” and “illegal manufacture, processing or repair of firearms and ammunition.”

Stohniy had carried out military service on the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy, the frigate “Hetman Sahaidachnyi.” He is the nephew of a famous historian in Sevastopol, Dmytro Stohniy, who researched WWII.

On 19 February 2020, Oleksiy’s wife Oksana informed that her husband is now free, as his prison term had expired, and returned to Kyiv. She told that he was freed at the end of January, but the family had not made this public to avoid risks when crossing the administrative border with occupied Crimea.

Proof of innocence

The only material “proving” Oleksiy’s accusations of sabotage comes from the videos of the FSB which were shown on Russian state TV.  Although these are supposedly video recordings of the Ukrainians’ confessions, they were recorded in violation of all procedures. The interrogator is not seen, there is no lawyer, and the recordings have clearly been cut and pasted together. Stohniy is visibly beaten up.

Oleksiy’s wife Oksana explained at a press conference in Kyiv that Oleksiy had left military service in 1997 and the family had moved to Crimea for the sake of the health of their younger daughter. The older daughter was studying in Kyiv, which is why Oleksiy was traveling to visit her on her birthday. He was detained during the night during crossing the administrative boundary with occupied Crimea, which means that the “arrest” shown on Russin TV, which allegedly happened in the day near Sevastopol, was staged.  Stohniy was remanded in custody for two months on 17 November 2016 by judge Viktor Mozhelyansky who is regularly involved in politically motivated detentions and trials.

Тhe fact that the guilt of “Ukrainian saboteur” Oleksiy Stohniy was not proven in court and he was sentenced for an unrelated crime, as well as the falsified video of the “arrest” and “confessions” indicates that the trial was fabricated from the start.

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