As Volodymyr Balukh, Oleg Sentsov and many other political prisoners suffer in Russian jail, the media once again decided to remind the international society what the Kremlin has been trying so hard to conceal; the names of those 'incarcerated for their unwillingness to bow down to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime', as Atlantic Council put it.
'Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, Moscow and its proxies have put dozens of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar political prisoners behind bars (...) The fabrication of these cases has been refined in Russia's courts. There a court does not need real evidence, just an order from above. The evidence and all other case-related elements can be carelessly thrown together, as the details don’t matter. Moreover, Russians can hold people in pre-trial detention centers for years without trial', the article says.
'The number of political prisoners in Russia has been growing in recent years, and this is unlikely to change. More interference and pressure from the international community is necessary, as this has proven to be the only factor which secures the rare and occasional release of political prisoners', the outlet wrote.
Atlantic Council compiled a list of Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar, Russian and Danish inmates prosecuted for opposing the Kremlin's aggressive policy, with Volodymyr Balukh's photo on the top of the article.
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