Embassy of Canada to Ukraine, Ambassador Roman Waschuk;
Embassy of Canada to the Russian Federation, Ambassador John Kur;
U.S. Embassy to Ukraine, Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch;
U.S. Embassy to the Russian Federation, Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr.;
Delegation of The European Union to Ukraine, Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli;
Delegation of The European Union to the Russian Federation, Ambassador Markus Ederer;
Embassy of the United Kingdom to Ukraine, Ambassador Judith Gough;
Embassy of the United Kingdom to the Russian Federation, Ambassador Dr Laurie Bristow CMG;
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ukraine, Ambassador Ernst Reichel;
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Russian Federation, Ambassador Rudiger von Fritsch;
Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden to Ukraine, Ambassador Martin Hagström;
Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden to the Russian Federation, Ambassador Peter Ericson;
Embassy of France to Ukraine, Ambassador Isabelle Dumont;
Embassy of France to the Russian Federation, Ambassador Sylvie Bermann;
Embassy of Italy to Ukraine, Ambassador Davide La Cecilia;
Embassy of Italy to Russia, the Russian Federation, Ambassador Pasquale Terracciano;
Embassy of Australia to Ukraine, Ambassador Melissa O’Rourke;
Embassy of Australia to the Russian Federation, Ambassador Peter Tesch.
On May 11, 2014, in annexed by Russia Crimea, a film director Oleg Sentsov and an antifascist activist Alexandr Kolchenko were arrested. On a fabricated case, based on the testimonies of two other defendants who confessed under torture, they were sentenced to 20 and 10 years in prison respectively. The “Crimean Terrorists” case was the first criminal charge against Ukrainian citizens, initiated by Russian law-enforcement after Russian invasion in Crimea and Donbas. They’ve been imprisoned for 4 years already, in the worst prisons of Russia — in Magadan, above the Arctic circle, in “Vladimir Central” and so on.
Despite the existence of so called “exchange lists” and negotiations in the framework of Minsk Agreements, nothing changes: negotiations don’t succeed, and there’s no publicly available information about progress in the negotiation process. Meanwhile, there’re almost 70 Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia today.
Neither the Russian side nor the Ukrainian one have appointed officials responsible for the process of negotiations regarding the return of political prisoners. All this time, the citizens of Ukraine imprisoned in the Russian Federation are deprived of their freedom, their right to a fair trial, and are subjected to torture and pressure. They live in unacceptable conditions of imprisonment, their physical and mental health deteriorates, they are separated from their families and children. They are not allowed to be visited by Ukrainian consuls and are not provided with proper medical care. Some of them have been sentenced to as many as 22 years.
On May 14, 2018, Oleg Sentsov has announced an indefinite hunger strike. He demands the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, though he does not ask for his own release.
Oleg’s persistence and integrity allow the conclusion that he will literally die trying if his demands are not met. Therefore, we cannot remain silent and indifferent. If the Ukrainian and Russian sides cannot or do not want to negotiate, we ask the diplomatic missions and leaders of Europe, USA and Canada to take urgent measures and force a prisoner exchange between Russian Federation and Ukraine.
We, who signed this petition, ask you to:
1. Become a mediator between Russia and Ukraine, acting as a contact person regarding the problem of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, and force both sides to talk to each other about the solution.
2. In order to express the protest, and to prevent the appearance of new politically motivated criminal cases, impose personal sanctions against those who are responsible for the persecution of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. These are the only effective means to protect human rights in Russian Federation.
We urge you to act as soon as possible!
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