The President: In Russia, more and more Ukrainian prisoners

Президент: В России все больше украинских политзаключенных

Poroshenko arrived in Strasbourg

Poroshenko called on PACE to redouble its efforts in the protection of human rights in the Donbass and in the Crimea.

The number of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia is constantly growing. On Wednesday, October 11, the President said Petro Poroshenko, speaking at the PACE session in Strasbourg, Interfax-Ukraine.

“Does not progress and the question of release of hostages and political prisoners. Can not remember about Oleg Sentsov, Alexander Kolchenko, Roman Sushchenko and many others. For more than two years we are fighting for the release of 63-year-old Igor Kozlovsky, a famous theologian, who remained in the occupied Donetsk to care for a sick son. Also in captivity is 28-year-old Stanislav Aseev, a journalist who was not afraid to write the truth about life in the occupied Donbas,” said Poroshenko.

The President said that such stories Ukrainian hostages more than a hundred. Moreover, the number of hostages in the Donbas is only growing.

In this regard, the President called on PACE to redouble its efforts in the protection of human rights and freedoms in the occupied territories.

“I also call upon honourable Assembly to continue to pay particular attention to the issue of human rights in the occupied Crimea and the Donbas. Only close attention to these regions will be able any reduction of the current prosecution,” – said Poroshenko.

As reported, the European Parliament wants to expand economic and personal sanctions against all those involved in the persecution of Tatars in Crimea.

And in the annexed Crimea, in Bakhchisaray, early Wednesday, October 11, began the searches in the homes of Crimean Tatars.