In order for Ukraine to be helped by other states, Kyiv must intensify efforts to release political prisoners, according to the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz.

“We cannot but pay attention to the fact that for the first time in four years the situation with political prisoners in the Crimea was discussed in the Normandy format. And this means that Ukraine's position on the international arena is growing," he said.

Chiygoz stated it is necessary to divide the problem into two aspects: the release of prisoners and their safety. Akhtem Chiygoz stressed that the security of prisoners is ensured by visits of various delegations to prisons.

“Ombudsman Lutkovska personally visited me, and I remember how this affected my stay in such harsh conditions. After that, both the police chief and the head of the remand centre began to come, as they understand that the attitude is gradually changing at the top. And only then politicians are involved in liberation," he said.

Earlier it was reported that the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova left to visit the illegally imprisoned Ukrainians in Russia.

Source: ZIK