‘If I were in prison, and someone would come and offer me to release the terrorists who kill our heroes in eastern Ukraine, in exchange for release of all political prisoners, - I would ask the court for several extra years of imprisonment and to weld up the door in my cell’. Hennadiy Afanasyev, formerly imprisoned in Russia, said this commenting on MP Nadiya Savchenko’s recent words; as is known, Savchenko has repeatedly said that the Ukrainian government should lead direct dialogue with pro-Russian rebels in Donbas.
Ukrainian activist Hennadiy Afanasyev was detained in Crimea in May 2014. Russian law enforcers arrested him on charges of ‘terrorism’. Afanasyev and his comrade, Ukrainian businessman Yuriy Soloshenko, returned to Ukraine on June 2016, thanks to continuous diplomatic efforts and a presidential pardon in Russia.