No access for lawyers, torture and intimidation – Russian techniques used against Ukrainian political prisoners
Ukraine Today's Viewpoint is joined by Maria Tomak, #LetMyPeopleGo coordinator, to discuss a campaign launched to support the Ukrainian political prisners who are jailed in Russia.
"We have 25 people in our list [of those, who we help] – those are people, not only detained in the Russian Federation, but also in the occupied Crimea. These are Ukrainians, Ukrainians of Crimean Tatar origin, who are detained for political reasons."
Watch Viewpoint with Maria Tomak speaking on Nadiya Savchenko's trial: "We had no illusions after verdicts in other cases of Ukrainian citizens on trial in Russia"
"It is important for us that Russian human rights NGOs recognize violations of detained Ukrainians' rights in Russia as well."
"We help Ukrainian political prisoners not only by supporting their families, but we also help them obtain legal support. Because in some cases independent lawyers did not have access to their clients for more than 1.5 years."
Watch also Viewpoint with Alya Shandra, managing editor of EuroMaidan Press media outlet: "#LetMyPeopleGo initiative raises awareness of Kremlin's political prisoners"
"We ask people to write letter to the detained Ukrainians in Russia. This is a small thing, but it is very important for them."
"Now we have documents, which can prove that they were tortured by the Russian authorities, while they were under effective control by the Russian police and security service officers. And these materials will go to the European Court of Human Rights."