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At least 17 Ukrainians detained as political prisoners in Russia
13:57, 29 December 2016
At least 17 Ukrainians detained as political prisoners in Russia

Foreign Ministry notes that aggressor State continues to ignore its obligations under the Minsk agreements on the exchange of hostages on the principle "all for all"

13:57, 29 December 2016

Media Initiative For Human Rights

The number of imprisoned Ukrainians in Russia has increased up to 17 people. This is stated in a statement of the Foreign Ministry.

The Ministry notes that the aggressor State continues to ignore its obligations under the Minsk agreements on the exchange of hostages and illegally detained persons according to the principle "all for all".

"While Russia returned six prisoners to Ukraine, their number has not decreased, but rather increased: now we know about at least 17 prisoners, who were arrested for politically based reasons. More and more of our compatriots are being wrongly arrested and detained in the occupied Crimean Peninsula. More than a hundred Ukrainians are kept in appalling conditions of the Russian-terrorist forces in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions", reads the statement of the Foreign Ministry.

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Ukraine's Foreign Ministry calls on the Russian Federation to immediately and without any additional conditions release all illegally detained citizens of Ukraine, and stop the practice of political persecution and repression against the Ukrainians.

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The statement also contains a list of Ukrainians that are illegally detained by the Russian side. They are Oleg Sentsov, Olexandr Kol'chenko, Ahtema Chiygoz, Roman Sushchenko, Mykola Karpyuk, Ferat Sayfullaev, Sergiy Litvinov, Olexiy Chirniy, Ruslan Zeytullaev, Stanislav Klykh, Valentyn Vygovskyi, Yuriy Primov, Viktor Shur, Olexandr Kostenko, Evhen Panov, Rustem Vaitov, Enver Bakirov, Emir-Usein Kuku, Vadym Siruk, Muslim Aliev, Refat Alimov, Envera Mamutov, Arsene Dzhepparov, Remzi Memetov, Mustafa Degermendzhi, Zevri Abseitov, Rustem Abiltarov, Ali Asanov, Andriy Kolomiets, Volodymyr Baluch, Teymur Abdullayev, Uzair Abdullayev, Eider Saledinov, Volodymyr Prisich, Olexiy Shtyblikov, Olexiy Besarab Volodymyr Dudka, Olexiy Stogniy, Glib Shabliy, Leonid Parkhomenko, Redva Suleymanov, Emil Dzhemadenov, Rustem Ismailov, Mykola Semena and many other Ukrainians. Another two citizens of Ukraine - Ilmi Umerov and Mykola Semena -  are not in prison today, but continue to be persecuted by the Russian occupation authorities.

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