The Russian Federation is currently prosecuting 130 Ukrainian citizens on politically and religiously motivated charges, 121 of them are in prison. This was announced by a Verkhovna Rada Representative for Human Rights Liudmila Denisova on Facebook on the Day of the Ukrainian Political Prisoner.
"Including 2 women (15 – in temporarily occupied Crimea, 106 – in the Russian Federation) and 9 people deprived of freedom of movement. 76 people have already been sentenced to long terms, the rest – 45 people are on trial and investigation," she wrote.
The ombudswoman noted that the prisoners included people with serious illnesses, journalists, human rights activists, and parents of many children. In the families of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, 207 minor children were left without parental care.
"The International Humanitarian Law is being neglected, and under conditions of illegal imprisonment the rights of Ukrainian citizens continue to be violated: a right for a fair trial, an effective legal protection, freedom and personal integrity, medical care, and freedom of religion," Denisova said.
The Representative of the Verkhovna Rada stressed that the protection of our citizens’ rights and their release remains its priority and common task of all authorities and the international community for the ultimate goal – to take them back home.
"I respect the resilience of all citizens of Ukraine, who are currently undergoing severe trials, while illegally imprisoned in Russia, the temporarily occupied Crimea, and Donetsk and Luhansk regions," she wrote.
Denisova added that the Day of the Ukrainian Political Prisoner launched because of the repressions of the Soviet regime, has acquired a new meaning in the modern history of Ukraine. After all, the Russian authorities continue to imprison Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, who oppose the occupying power and Russia’s aggression.