Ex-political prisoners Afanasyev, Soloshenko arrive in Ukraine
18:23, 14 June 2016

Ex-political prisoners Afanasyev, Soloshenko arrive in Ukraine

They are on their way to hospital where greeting ceremony is to be held

18:23, 14 June 2016

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Aircraft of Ukraine’s defense ministry with Hennadiy Afanasyev and Yuriy Soloshenko landed in Boryspil airport, Kyiv region. Later today, President Poroshenko will visit them at the hospital.

Earlier today, an exchange took place between Ukraine and Russia; Afanasyev and Soloshenko were exchanged on Olena Glishchinskaya and Vitaliy Didenko, Ukrainian reporters who had been both charged with separatism and sent to prison.

Ukrainian activist Hennadiy Afanasyev was detained in Crimea in May 2014. Russian law enforcers arrested him on charges of ‘terrorism’.

Yuriy Soloshenko, Ukrainian businessman, was detained in 2015 in Russia. Moscow city court found him guilty of industrial espionage and sentenced to six years of imprisonment in high-security penal colony.

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