Chiigoz, Sentsov and Balukh oppose political repression
Former Ukrainian political prisoners Akhtem Chiygoz, Oleg Sentsov, Vladimir Balukh, Nikolai Karpyuk, Evgeny Panov, Nikolay Sizanovich, Alexander Kolchenko, Igor Kozlovsky and Vladimir Zhemchugov opposed political repression.
They announced their position at a joint press conference on June 19, reports a Ukrinform correspondent.
“We want to appeal to our people, to our state, that the ongoing processes, they are very dangerous. And this applies to all areas: both political repression and attacks on the language, and in relation to the military, and all this after the Revolution of Dignity, we were able to build in our state. Therefore, we say it is unacceptable, and people, when they say “No – revenge”, “No – surrender, “have in mind the processes I mentioned. This also applies to prisoners who are in Russian prisons, and they must be released,” said the deputy chief of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people , former political prisoner and deputy Akhtem Chiygoz.
Press conference “Political prisoners against political repression” in Kiev / Photo: Vladimir Tarasov, Ukrinform
In turn, the Ukrainian director, screenwriter and writer Oleg Sentsov, a former political prisoner of the Kremlin, stressed that all Ukrainian political prisoners were in the prisons of the Russian Federation or in the occupied territories “not for a crime, but for a civilian post, for Ukraine “.
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“We believed that it is only in Russia and the occupied territories, where there is no law, that people are persecuted for their opinions. Back in Ukraine, I saw that the same system exists in Ukraine: people are persecuted for their civil or political position. I would really like so that our authorities do not focus on the persecution of former activists or politicians, but work to build a truly independent judiciary, because here we have very big problems – it is almost not reformed, so the authorities are focusing on reforming the prosecutor’s office, which should be independent, on reforming the Interior Ministry, “said Sentsov .
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru