Yuriy Soloshenko, the former political prisoner, illegally held in Russia in 2014-2016, passed away on Wednesday morning. His grandson Hennadiy Afanasyev reported that on Facebook.
'Yuriy Danylovych Soloshenko, our hero, and my grandfather has just passed away. The political prisoner who ended up in the Russian captivity at the age of 74. He survived it - with dignity. They released us because of the injuries that we sustained and our illnesses. But none of that passed tracklessly. The old man fought to his last breath, remaining the true Ukrainian - proud, shy, polite and adamant. I will never forget him shouting 'Farewell, unwashed Russia', as we took off in Moscow. Let's pray for his soul,' he wrote.
Hennadiy Afanasyev and Yuriy Soloshenko returned to Ukraine from the Russian captivity in June 2016. They were exchanged for organizers of the so-called 'People's Council of Bessarabia', the pro-Kremlin activists detained in Ukraine.
Yuriy Soloshenko, the former CEO of Znamya, the defense industry factory in central Ukraine, was detained in Moscow in August 2014. The Russian prosecution charged him with being recruited by the Ukrainian special services, espionage and attempting to take the military equipment from the Russian factory. In October 2015, Moscow city court sentenced Soloshenko to six years in the high-security penal colony.