: 7,000 Ukrainian citizens are kept in Russian jails - Ukraine's Foreign Ministry

15:21 May. 27, 2016

7,000 Ukrainian citizens are kept in Russian jails - Ukraine's Foreign Ministry

People demanding to release Ukrainian political prisoners near the building of Russian embassy in Ukraine in Kyiv. (UNIAN photo)

Apart from criminals many detainees have been arrested because of their political position

Nearly 7,000 Ukrainian citizens are currently kept in Russian jails. This is according to the Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko after unveiling Austria's Consulate in Kharkiv.

"We have to keep in mind the real numbers of our compatriots imprisoned in Russian Federation. Our Foreign Ministry cares about everyone behind bars there," he said. Deputy Minister stresses the imprisoned Ukrainians are not only criminals, but political captives as well, that is why Kyiv continues negotiating on their return home.

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"The talks do not stop. The case of Nadiya Savchenko was the first and a special one, since the presidents had to intervene in the process. All those Ukrainians jailed for their political views are constantly supported by Ukraine's councils. The number has risen, since many Crimean Tatars have been arrested so far," Prystaiko noted.

According to Ukraine's Foreign Ministry, nearly 15 Crimean Tatars are currently imprisoned because of their political views, mainly for supporting the Revolution of Dignity in Kyiv. recently 14 people have been accused of participating in a banned terroristic organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir" and currently kept under arrest. Another case to rouse the indignation of the advocates is "the case of February 26th" where Crimean Tatar activists are blamed for organizing protests in Simferopol on February 26th, 2014.

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Along with the adults children under 18 years old are also under attack, report local media. On May 27th, in the town of Feodosia in eastern part of the peninsula the workers of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) came to a local secondary school №15 allegedly "to talk to the students". The school is mainly Russian-speaking, though having several national Crimean Tatar classes. Later the children's parents reported the FSB workers called the pupils of the 9th grade of Crimean Tatar class with further interrogating on the issue of May holidays and carrying the orange-and-black St. George ribbon. In particular, the Russian servicemen were reportedly willing whether the students took off the symbol of former Soviet Union victory. After the parents rose claimed their children were under stress before the exams, the FSB members answered they were to examine each and every student, no matter what nationality they were.

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