18:28 Aug. 4, 2016
Kremlin's human rights representative claims Ukrainian authorities refuse to give consular information on Russian nationals in Ukraine
Russia's Foreign Ministry states hundreds of Russian citizens have been imprisoned due to "internal Ukrainian conflict" in Donbas.
Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry representative on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti the following: "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs requires providing an exact number of Russian nationals, who are in prisons and other places of detainment. We haven't received any response yet".
Kostyantin Dolgov states that the Ukrainian authorities barely give any information on death, arrest or detainment of Russian citizens in Ukraine, don't provide a timely consular access, which goes contrary to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and bilateral consular agreement.
"According to the data we have, there may be hundreds of persons jailed in Ukraine, who faced politically motivated charges in connection with the internal Ukrainian conflict in Donbas. We expect the Ukrainian party won't delay the answer to our request," Dolgov declared.
A screenshot from ria.ru with a part of Dolgov's interview
On June 15, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there is no exact list of Russians, arrested in Ukraine, however, the process of prisoners exchange takes place within and out the Minsk deal framework.