In the letter released on Sept. 1, Cherneha, 24, accuses Ukraine’s security service, the SBU, of extracting evidence from him by physical coercion and planting evidence in his room. The SBU denies any wrongdoing.
Around 7 p.m. on Aug. 23, I was detained by SBU officers at my home in Vasylkiv, a town in Kyiv Oblast. According to the summons I was issued, I was a witness in the case of the discovery of a homemade explosive device at another address on Hrushevskogo Street in Vasylkiv.
Immediately after I was detained, I was taken to the regional SBU center where I was held without charge or sanction from the investigator or court until Aug. 27, much longer than the 72 hours allowed by law.