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More than 80 Ukrainians being held in Russian prisons for political views

Today, Ukraine is celebrating the Day of the Ukrainian political prisoner
17:24, 12 January 2019

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At the moment, more than 80 citizens of Ukraine kept in Russian prisons because of their political views. This was reported by Ukraine's Obmudsman Lyudmyla Denisova.

"Every year on January 12, Ukraine marks the Day of Ukrainian political prisoners. Unfortunately, the issue of political prisoners is extremely relevant today. The Russian regime, surpassing Soviet totalitarianism, launched terror against Ukrainians again. It seeks to completely eliminate linguistic, cultural, and national identity in the occupied territories of our state. It massively happens in the occupied Crimea. People are abducted, searched, arrested, tortured, and accused of fictional crimes. Although, in fact, Ukrainians in Russia can become the political prisoners only because of their civic position," said in a statement.

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Denisova has noted that there are more than 80 citizens of Ukraine kept in Russian prisons because of their political views. Today, Oleg Sentsov, Stanislav Klykh, Pavlo Gryb, Roman Sushchenko, Kazim Ametov, Asan Chapuh, Bekir Degermenji, Remzi Memetov, and Nuri Primov are among them.

The Ukrainian Ombudsman also added that she would make every effort to free the Ukrainians.

January 12 is considered the Day of the Ukrainian political prisoner. January 12, 1972, a wave of arrests of the Ukrainian intelligentsia began.

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Earlier Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova flew to Odesa to meet the relatives of the Ukrainian sailors.

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