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Ukraine urged to step up pressure on Russia for political prisoners

Украина призвала усилить давление на РФ ради политзаключенныхNow in Russia are many Ukrainian political prisoners.

The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine calls on the international community to increase pressure on Russia to release all political prisoners of the Kremlin.

In particular, the foreign Ministry drew attention to today’s illegal arrest of activist Eden Bekirova in occupied Crimea, which “the court” in Simferopol ordered the arrest for two months. Ukrainian diplomatic domtwo calls all the charges are trumped up by Bekirova (storage and transfer of explosives and ammunition – ed.).

“The big concern is the fact that Eden Bekirov, which is more than 18 years is a disabled person of 1 group and has a number of related health problems, through which he is forced to take medicines every day, for two days – from the arrest to the consideration of the trumped-up case, – received no medical care, no food or even water,” – said the Minister.

Lack of medical care Bekirova is a violation of human rights. Arrest for a long time without needed medicines is a direct threat to the life of the detainee.

“Take this arrest as a continuation of the pressure on the Crimean Tatar population of Crimea, as well as yet another challenge to the world community”, – added the foreign Ministry.

In a statement, the Ministry demands from the Russian Federation to provide medical assistance Bekirova, immediately stop persecution of activists and human rights defenders in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, release of all illegally detained citizens of Ukraine. MFA also requires to resume the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

“We call on the international community to increase political and diplomatic pressure and sanctions on the aggressor to the full de-occupation of Crimea and to release all illegally detained Russian Ukrainians”, – summed up in the statement of the diplomatic Department.

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