During the Thursday event, the protesters held banners blaming the tortures in Russia, as well as Ukrainian flags, photos of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, including reporter Roman Sushchenko.
'Russia became the country of tortures. They torture prisoners in jails, sadistically beat up the protesters... Oleg Sentsov and other political prisoners, including Ukrainian hostage, are on hunger strikes. How much more Europe is going to tolerate all this?', the organizers say.
Recently, UN Monitoring Mission for Human Rights in Ukraine released a report where it identified that 81 cases of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea took place over eight months of 2017-2018. The report of the Mission is loaded on the website of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. 167 people suffered in the reported cases, 62 of which were observed from September 2017 till June 2018. The occupant 'power' in Crimea breached the law and ignored the respective procedure of the fair trial against 94 individuals. In certain cases, the verdicts were announced as 'punishment for political dissidence'. Seven cases of tortures were observed, too.