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Ukraine to sue Russia in ECHR for violation of rights of political prisoners

Source : 112 Ukraine

The new lawsuit will be filed by late June, - Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko
17:29, 19 April 2018

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By the end of June, Ukraine will sue Russia in the ECHR again - this time for violations of rights of political prisoners. Pavlo Petrenko, the justice minister of Ukraine said this as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine news agency

'It is about protection of rights of these people. We're working on the evidence and the text of the statement, jointly with our international experts whom we asked to assist. I can reveal no more details so far to prevent the aggressor state from using it against us,' the minister said.

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He added that the lawsuit will aim to protect the rights of all Ukrainian political prisoners who are now serving time in Russian jails. 

Ukraine expects Russia to reply to Kyiv’s offer to exchange Ukrainian political prisoners for 23 Russian citizens who currently serve time in Ukrainian prisons.

Earlier, Iryna Gerashchenko, the deputy head of the Ukrainian parliament and Ukraine's humanitarian representative in the Minsk talks group said that 23 Russian citizens remain in Ukrainian prisons, serving time for tough crimes against this country's statehood and territorial integrity. 'The Russians, arrested during the conflict in Donbas, currently serve time in Ukrainian jails - for the crimes against the territorial integrity and sovereignty; they were detained and judged for their part in this conflict, siding with the so-called 'militia'. It is obvious, however, that they are the curators, not the militia fighters. The Ukrainian side is ready to pass these judged people in the exchange for Ukrainian citizens', she said. 

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