Political Prisoners’ Day was first commemorated on 30 October 1974 by prisoners in the Soviet political labour camps. Today more than ever before, the international community is called upon to remember the victims of Russian repressive machine.
The decision on 25th August by a military court in Russia to sentence the Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov to 20 years in prison and socialist and anti-fascist activist Oleksandr Kolchenko to 10 years was strongly condemned by the international community. Ukrainian political prisoners are charged with committing “acts of terrorism” and “belonging to a terrorist community”. They are accused of arson of the offices of Russian political organizations and planning the bombing of the Soviet Memorial monument in Crimea.
Nadia Savchenko, Ukrainian MP and pilot, alleged "joint perpetrator of murder" of two Russian journalists in Donbas. Savchenko was elected PACE delegate from Ukraine, but Russian court does not release it to the Assembly.
Ahtem Çiygoz was detained by the Russian occupying authorities in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on 29 January 2015. Ciygoz was placed under arrest on trumped-up charges of “organizing mass disorder” near building of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on 26 February 2014.