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Turkey has sent Russia a list of Ukrainian political prisoners

Radio Liberty 04.11.2018 at 14:47

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Turkey has sent Russia a list of Ukrainian political prisoners and asked for their release. This was at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan recalled that in the fall of 2017 at the request of Turkey were released by the chairmen of the "Mejlis" of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz, who was sentenced to 8 years in prison on charges of organizing mass riots in the winter of 2014, and Ilmi umer, whom the Simferopol district court found guilty of incitement to separatism in an interview with the ATR television channel. Chiygoz and umer were evacuated from the Crimea from Anapa to Ankara, and later returned to Ukraine. Presidential decrees about the pardon is still classified, but we know that Turkey took the main part in the process of liberation. Now, in Moscow sent a new extended list. "We will follow this process and hopefully it will be successful," Erdogan said. As explained Advisor to the Chairman of the "Majlis" Arsen Zhumadilov, the list included all Ukrainian political prisoners, kept in Russia, in accordance with the resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of political prisoners, issued March 1, 2018, as well as those who have been imprisoned in Russia since the spring of this year. Just a list of more than 70 names, not only of the detainees in the Crimea, but in Russia – as already convicted and serving sentences, including film Director Oleg Sentsov and activist Vladimir Baluch and detained, but has not yet reached trial. Previously the list consisted of 99 names, including probation and convicted under the measure, but not arrested. But then in Moscow were sent a list of only those who are in prison. New lists were drawn up by Ukrainian human rights organizations, the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine, office of the Commissioner for human rights and "Mejlis" of the Crimean Tatar people. In September, the list in English was transferred to the Embassy of Turkey in Ukraine, and is duplicated along with the note of the MFA of Ukraine in the foreign Ministry of Turkey.