Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry demands Russian Federation to release 24 Ukrainian political prisoners kept in Russia and more than 40 – kept in occupied Crimea, as Mariana Betsa, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, wrote on Twitter.
“At least 24 Ukrainians are political prisoners kept in Russia, more than 40 – kept in occupied Crimea. And again we ask Russian Federation to release the hostages,” she wrote.
Today on May 20 Ukraine marks Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Repressions.
This day was set according to the President’s decree in 2007 and since then it is marked every third Sunday of May.
The main idea of the day is a relevant honoring of the remembrance of political repressions victims. This day is marked to attract attention of the community to the tragic events in Ukraine’s history, caused by the violent imposing of communist ideology, the revival of national remembrance, affirmation of antipathy toward any expressions of violence against humanity and due to the 70th anniversary of the Great Purge – mass political repressions of 1937-1938.