Russia-Ukraine war live updates: More than 900 civilians believed dead in Kyiv region; Mariupol’s fate in balance


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The wife of pro-Putin Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk alleged Friday that he was beaten by the Ukrainian security service while in custody, Reuters reported. The allegation could not be independently verified.

Oksana Marchenko said at a news conference in Moscow that a photo released by Ukraine this week showed Medvedchuk had been physically abused during interrogation. “It shows a big bruise and marks which they have tried to conceal with his hair. There is no doubt that he was beaten in the first hours after his arrest,” she said.

Medvedchuk, an opposition politician who has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is the godfather to his daughter, was recaptured after escaping house arrest shortly after the Russian invasion started, according to the Kyiv government. He was charged with treason last year.

The Kremlin turned down Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s proposal to swap Medvedchuk for Ukrainians held by Russia.

“Those freaks who call themselves the Ukrainian authorities say that they want to beat testimony out of Viktor Medvedchuk, ‘quickly and fairly,’ convict him, and then exchange him for prisoners,” Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said in a statement. “These people should watch out and lock the doors well at night to make sure they do not become the people who are going to be exchanged themselves.”

Medvedchuk’s relationship with Putin stretches back decades, including joint vacations, outings to watch Formula One races, and visits to the Russian leader’s home in Moscow.

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