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Will Ukrainian political prisoners live to see their release?

First arrests of Ukrainian citizens started in Spring 2014, right after the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. Russian occupation authorities sought to suppress any signs of dissent among the local residents and confirm Kremlin’s bogus stories about black-hearted Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars planning horrific terror attacks.

Civic activists are being arrested in droves. Most of them are detained in Crimea, but some are arrested in Russia. Encouraged by impunity, Russian regime also kidnaps Ukrainians. For instance, in August 2017 a Ukrainian teenager Pavlo Hryb was abducted by Russian FSB from Belarus.

The stories of Ukrainian political prisoners are similar. They get arrested on false testimonies or their own “confessions” obtained under torture. Evidence is planted, witnesses are fake, trials are falsified, but the sentences are real. Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in a colony. Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko was sentenced to 12 years in a high-security penitentiary. Ihor Movenko was sentenced to 2 years in prison for a comment in VK social network.

While the precise number of Ukrainian political prisoners remains unknown, human rights groups mention in their reports at least 74 Ukrainian citizens held by Russia. Human rights defenders also report abductions, disappearances and a number of deaths while in detention.

Political prisoners are systematically humiliated by prison guards and they get poor medical treatment. Ukrainian consuls and Ukrainian Ombudsman have not been able to get access to Ukrainian prisoners for months. All these conditions push jailed Ukrainians to desperate measures in a hope to attract attention of the world community to their fate.

These brave Ukrainians can die for their beliefs. The world has to act before it is too late. Make the Kremlin stop torturing them and demand their release!

Ukrainians who are illegally held in Russia or occupied Crimea:

  1. Teymur Abdullaev
  2. Uzeir Abdullaev
  3. Talyat Abdurakhmanov
  4. Rustem Abiltarov
  5. Zevri Abseitov
  6. Muslim Aliev
  7. Refat Alimov
  8. Ernest Ametov
  9. Kazim Ametov
  10. Ali Asanov
  11. Suleyman (Marlen) Asanov
  12. Ali Bariev
  13. Envir Bekirov
  14. Memet Belyalov
  15. Volodymyr Balukh
  16. Oleksiy Bessarabov
  17. Asan Chapukh
  18. Oleksiy Chyrniy
  19. Mykola Dadey
  20. Kostyantin Davydenko
  21. Bekir Degermendzhy
  22. Mustafa Degermendzhy
  23. Volodymyr Dudka
  24. Emil Dzhemadenov
  25. Arsen Dzhepparov
  26. Pavlo Hryb
  27. Timur Ibragimov
  28. Rustem Ismailov
  29. Yevhen Karakashev
  30. Mykola Karpyuk
  31. Stanyslav Klykh
  32. Oleksandr Kolchenko
  33. Andriy Kolomiyets
  34. Oleksandr Kostenko
  35. Arsen Kubedinov
  36. Emir-Usein Kuku
  37. Hennady Lymeshko
  38. Serhiy Lytvynov
  39. Enver Mamutov
  40. Nariman Memedeminov
  41. Remzi Memetov
  42. Ihor Movenko
  43. Seiran Mustafaev
  44. Server Mustafaev
  45. Yevhen Panov
  46. Leonid Parkhomenko
  47. Nuri Primov
  48. Volodymyr Prysich
  49. Ismail Ramazanov
  50. Ferat Saifullaev
  51. Aider Saledinov
  52. Seiran Saliev
  53. Enver Seytosmanov
  54. Oleg Sentsov
  55. Hlib Shabliy
  56. Dmytro Shtyblikov
  57. Oleksandr Shumkov
  58. Viktor Shur
  59. Mykola Shyptur
  60. Vadim Siruk
  61. Oleksiy Sizonovych
  62. Edem Smailov
  63. Oleksandr Steshenko
  64. Oleksiy Stohniy
  65. Renat Suleymanov
  66. Roman Sushchenko
  67. Roman Ternovsky
  68. Ruslan Trubach
  69. Rustem Vaitov
  70. Resul Velilyaev
  71. Valentyn Vyhivsky
  72. Andriy Zakhtei
  73. Server Zekeryaev
  74. Ruslan Zeytullaev

 

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