Sushchenko plans to sell pictures at charity auction to collect money for political prisoners

Sushchenko asked for help to start the charity auction
17:00, 11 September 2019

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Released from the Russian сustody Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko plans to hold a charity auction and sell the pictures he painted in jail as Ukrinform reported.

Sushchenko will transfer all collected money for the help of the political prisoners.

“I would like to officially appeal that I have such ides, (to hold a charity auction, -; I would like to ask you to promote its implementation as I do not obtain such experience, to prompt maybe, to give this information in an extended variant. I am going to appeal to the businessmen, officials, politicians who are ready to join,” Sushchenko said.  

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He also noted that almost all of his pictures were painted by a simple pen and natural colorants, from a tea bag, for example. He was trying to depict the illustration, which he had seen on the pictures, postcards or photos sent by sympathetic people.

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On September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd. 

Later Roman Sushchenko was banned from entry to Russia for 20 years. However, the order, as far as the former lawyer knows, was not published, as it was a secret.

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