Contents tagged with political prisoners

  • The Kremlin confirms that Putin and Poroshenko conducted phone conversations

    According to Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, have talked on the phone, but have not discussed the question of the a cease-fire in Avdiivka, as reported by Russia's TASS news agency.

    "It is a fact that the cease-fire in Avdiivka was not discussed. What took place was an exchange of views and expression of mutual concerns at the escalation of the tension, " said Peskov.

    Earlier on Thursday the media, citing …

  • Ariev: In January’s PACE session, Ukraine will demand the release of illegally detained Ukrainians

    Volodymyr Ariev, the Ukrainian chairman of the permanent delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), said that the discussion topics in this January’s PACE session in Strasbourg would be the illegal detention of Ukrainians (journalist Roman Sushchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov) in the Russian Federation and the persecution in the occupied Crimea of the journalist Nikolai Semena and the Crimean Tatar media.

    January’s PACE session in Strasbourg will take place from …

  • Russian blogger was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for a post about Syria

    A court in the city of Tyumen found the blogger, Alexei Kungurov, guilty for public "justification of terrorism" for a blog post he wrote on the LiveJournal social networking service, dedicated to the Russian campaign in Syria, reported Russia's Novaya Gazeta daily. He was sentenced to two and a half years in a penal colony settlement.

    Earlier, a family friend, Maxim Karpikov, told Novaya Gazeta about the verdict.

    Kungurov is a known political activist in the Tyumen region, who also …

  • Kyiv to include Russian officials on sanctions list for their role in incarcerating Ukrainian political prisoners

    Kyiv is preparing to expand the list of Russian citizens and officials who are subject to sanctions for their role in the incarceration of Ukrainian political prisoners, as stated by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, RIA Novosti reported.

    "We will try to adapt this list to the extent that we receive clear information about who is involved in [incarcerating Ukrainian] political prisoners. To put the person on the sanctions list, we need real proof,” Klimkin stated.

    The Foreign Minister …

  • Ukrainian MP: CoE's Human Rights Commission is obstructed by Russia

    Huge obstacles for the work of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Nils Muižnieks, have been created in the Russian Federation. This was stated by the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights of Ukraine, Valeriya Lutkovska, while on the air with the ZIK TV channel.

    The Ukrainian Ombudsman emphasized that the interference in Muižnieks’ work in Russia began after his last report on the annexed Crimea. “He even had to cancel his last visit because of the conditions he …

  • Herashchenko: 113 Ukrainian prisoners are held by separatists in the Donbas

    Both servicemen and civilians are being held captive

    On the 6th of June, the First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Iryna Herashchenko, reported that 113 Ukrainian citizens are still held captive by separatists supported by Russia in the Donbas, Radio Svoboda reports.

    "There are both servicemen and civilians. Separatists are trying to exchange the release of hostages for amnesty and are demanding that their leaders are pardoned.  They have not provided any information as to where the …

  • Poroshenko makes preliminary agreement on transfer of two citizens from Russian prisons

    On the 29th of May, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko stated in his interview with Inter TV Channel that there are provisional agreements between Kiev and Moscow on the return of two Ukrainians, Yuri Soloshenko and Gennady Afanasiev, who were convicted and sentenced to imprisonment in Russia.

    “According to the provisional agreement, we can expect the return of Afanasiev and Soloshenko to their native land,” Poroshenko said. At the same time, he noted that he was far from making …

  • Ukraine tells Russia it's ready to take all Crimean political prisoners

    After two years of negotiations with Russia, Ukraine is ready to take custody of all Crimean political prisoners serving sentences in Russian prisons. First Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine Natalia Sevostianova made this statement in her interview with the Ukrainian news channel Inter.

    "A statement was made by the new ombudsman of the Russian Federation that they are ready to transfer all prisoners. Today I can publicly state that we will do everything to take custody of each and every …

  • Nadiya Savchenko freed as part of prisoner exchange

    Russia has released Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko. She arrived in Kiev from Rostov-on-Don aboard Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s airplane, Rosbalt reported.

    “I am free,” Savchenko told a crowd in Kiev when she arrived at the airport.

    "The presidential plane with Hero of Ukraine Nadiya Savchenko has landed!" Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.

    Two Russians who were held in Ukraine, Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov, were exchanged for Savchenko, and were earlier flown from Kiev to …

  • Two Ukrainian prisoners being held in Russian penal colonies were transferred to Moscow

    According to Radio Svoboda, Gennady Afanasiev’s lawyer, Alexander Popkov, reported that the two illegally convicted Ukrainians, Gennady Afanasiev and Yury Soloshenko, were transferred from penal colonies where they were serving their sentences to the Lefortovo detention center in Moscow. Afanasiev was brought from Syktyvkar by plane and Soloshenko came by train from Nizhny Novgorod.

    Popkov hopes that the transfer of his defendant is connected with the extradition process that was initiated by …