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Families of Ukrainian political prisoners appealed to Macron with request
17:38, 28 May 2017
Families of Ukrainian political prisoners appealed to Macron with request

They ask Emmanuel Macron to convey to Vladimir Putin their demands for the release of all political hostages

17:38, 28 May 2017

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On the eve of presidents of France and Russia meeting in Versailles, the families of Ukrainian political prisoners who are now in custody in Moscow, on May 29, appealed to Emmanuel Macron to convey to Vladimir Putin their demands for the release of all political hostages, the Polish Radio reports.

"We appeal to you, Mr. President, to convey to Vladimir Putin our demands for the release of all political hostages of the Kremlin (...) and to strengthen sanctions against Russia (...)," wrote the authors of the letter to President Macron.

In addition to family members, Ukrainian human rights activists also signed the letter.

In a message to the French president, relatives noted the names of persons subjected to repression in the Crimea annexed by Russia and Ukrainians in Russian isolators and prisons. This is, in particular, Oleg Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko and others.

The authors of the letter added that the atmosphere of terror and horror prevails on the Crimean peninsula, which is typical for Russian authoritarian rule, which means repression and discrimination against people who oppose the Russian occupation.

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