Volunteers launch campaign in support of illegally detained Ukrainians in Russia

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Source : 112 Ukraine

This week marks the begining of suport campaign for “Crimean hostages”
15:11, 24 May 2016

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The release of Nadiya Savchenko is once again attracting the media’s attention to Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. Oleh Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko, Gennady Afanasiev, and Olexiy Chyrniy have now been in Russian captivity for at least two years on charges of ‘terrorism’. Different organizations have launched campaigns to show their solidarity and support for the four men.  

In May 2014, Citizens of Ukraine Gennadiy Afanasiev, Olexander Kolchenko, Oleh Sentsov, and Olexiy Chyrniy were detained in Simferopol by Russian security services. They were accused of setting fire to United Russia party offices and another Russian organization in Simferopol. Their actions were classified as "terrorism." In addition, they were accused of preparing to carry out explosions with home-made devices near the Eternal Flame memorial and Lenin monument in Simferopol.

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On May 23, 2014 they were illegally exported from the occupied territory of Crimea to Moscow. Ukrainian diplomats were not allowed to meet with the detainees, as the Russian side recognized them as Russian citizens (except Chyrniy). The prisoners said that they were tortured during the questionings. A Russian court convicted Oleg Sentsov to 20 years in prison, Alexander Kolchenko – to 10 years, Gennady Afanasiev and Alexei Chyrniy - up to 7 years. Now Oleh Sentsov is serving his sentence in Yakutia, Olexander Kolchenko - in Chelyabinsk region, Olexiy Chyrniy - in Magadan region, Gennady Afanasiev has been transferred from a prison in Komi Republic to Moscow Lefortovo prison "for further investigation;" this issue is awaiting clarification.

From 26 May to 4 June, we call on those who are to join the campaign of solidarity with Gennadiy Afanasiev, Olexander Kolchenko, Oleh Sentsov, and Olexiy Chyrniy.

You can organize a lecture, discussion, charity auction, exhibition, concert, master class, graffiti-raid, rally or any other event, reminding others about the "Crimean Four case." Collect money to support political prisoners and their families, send your letters to "Crimean hostages" of the Kremlin, and leave your video message.

Russian court sentenced Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov to 20 years of imprisonment; left-wing activist Olexander Kolchenko is penalized with 10 years; both in a high-security penal colony. After pronouncing of the sentence the political prisoners sang Ukrainian anthem.

Campaign initiators:

"Solidarity Committee" ("Crimean hostages" support group)

Euromaidan SOS (LetMyPeopleGo campaign)

Center for Civil Liberties

"No Borders" project ("Center of Social Action")

Recalling, Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Ukrainian prisoners kept in Russia, Gennadiy Afanasiev and former director of “Znamya” factory Yuri Soloshenko are transferred to Moscow. This was reported by the Foreign Ministry Speaker Mariana Betza in her interview with Ukrainian News. The Migration Service confirmed the Ukrainian citizenship of Afanasiev. Earlier, Ukraine demanded that Russia ensures medical care of the Crimean activist Afanasiev.

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