Health state of political prisoners Alimov, Shumkov deteriorated, - Denisova

She prepared the appeal to Russian Commissioner for Human Rights Tatiana Moskalkova
13:00, 4 October 2019

Lyudmyla Denisova

The health conditions of political prisoners Refat Alimov stating in Rostov Oblast prison and Oleksandr Shumkov staying in Tver Oblast prison have deteriorated as Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova reported on Facebook.

Denisova prepared the appeal to Russian Commissioner for Human Rights Tatiana Moskalkova concerning the respect for the rights of Ukrainian citizens kept in the jails in the Russian territory.

“I appeal due to the deterioration of the health state of Refat Alimov who stays in the remand center in Rostov Oblast, Russia. According to received information, Refat complained about severe pain in his kidneys area during the court session on October 2, 2019,” Denisova stated.

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Another appeal concerns Oleksandr Shumkov who is kept in the remand center in Tver Oblast, Russia. During the meeting with his lawyer, Oleksandr stated about increasing physical and moral and psychological pressure on him by workers of the colony. Moreover, there is information about the deterioration of his health.

“I asked Tatiana Moskalkova to confirm the mentioned information and assume measures to restore the rights of the citizens of Ukraine and provide holding of proper medical examination and treatment,” Denisova noted.

On September 7, the first stage of the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd. 

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